18 September 2018

A barbarian in the besieged city

The great Polish poet and novelist Zbigniew Herbert was an ‘aesthetic dissident’ during communism whose frequent travelling was a form of escape. He became a figurehead of Solidarity yet was forgotten after 1989. Ukrainian poet Andriy Lyubka on Herbert’s life and the revival of interest in his work.

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For Oksana Forostyna, memories of Maidan mingle with accounts of her grandmother’s life in Kyiv before and during World War Two. Recollections of her own search for happiness in her adoptive city lead to more universal questions about the possibility of freedom and love amidst conflict and war.

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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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