12 October 2018

From a high vantage point

‘Human Flow’ is Ai Weiwei’s film on the plight of refugees in 23 countries. The artist goes further than Picasso, who never got as far as Guernica himself, but did Ai Weiwei lose his way whilst making the film? Georges Didi-Huberman insists that human suffering on this scale calls for a much bolder critical spirit.

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As the social and economic violence of inequality intensifies, contemporary French literature is charting new territory in the face of the partial failure of social activism and the conquests of aggressive economic liberalism, writes Nicolas Léger. Collective utopias may be done for; humour, the carnivalesque and gestures of solidarity remain.

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Emblems of cultural superiority

‘Merkur’ slaughters some holy cows; ‘Mittelweg 36’ charts the grey zone of sexual violence; ‘Revista Crítica’ discusses calcio and the history of fascism; ‘Ny Tid’ tells of tinned fruit and the Weltschmerz of Generation Y; and ‘New Humanist’ says don’t #DeleteFacebook.

On the rocks

‘Osteuropa’ places Hungary and Poland under the knife; ‘Soundings’ says ’68 wasn’t to blame for what came next; ‘Glänta’ notes similarities, differences and things in between; ‘Samtiden’ returns to #MeToo; and ‘Varlik’ celebrates 85 years of cultural journalism.

A whiff of disloyalty

‘Blätter’ comments on Merkel’s reversals; ‘Dialogi’ reacts to the illiberal axis; ‘Mittelweg 36′ theorizes border figures; ‘Czas Kultury’ plots genealogies of ’68; and ‘Index on Censorship’ detects trouble in paradise.

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