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Cover for: 'Writing plays like a madman'

'Writing plays like a madman'

Syn og Segn 2/2019

The Nobel Prize-tipped Jon Fosse began his literary career as a poet and novelist, but from the 1990s became famous abroad as a prolific dramatist. In Syn og Segn, Fosse talks with his editor and literary biographer Cecilie Seiness about growing older and returning to novel writing.

Cover for: Africa in focus

Africa in focus

Vikerkaar 7–8/2019

Estonian journal Vikerkaar devotes its summer issue to Africa, including contributions on the social and environmental costs of Chinese development, bushman culture, the hauntings of colonialism, new African writing and more.

Cover for: Deconstructing town and country

Urbanist magazine dérive finds an old dichotomy re-filtered through politico-spatial transformations; including articles on the role of ‘ruralism’ in support for the AfD in Germany and throwbacks to imperial anti-proletarianism in the discourse of Austria’s neo-conservatives.

Cover for: Far-right watershed in Germany

Far-right watershed in Germany

Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik 8/2019

Expectations of an AfD surge in Saxony and Brandenburg prompt speculations in Blätter on a watershed moment for the party, as it veers further rightwards. Also, why blaming the history of the GDR for east Germany’s far-right problem is crudely ideological; and the failure of politics and media to see the Lübcke murder coming.

Cover for: Fictionalized history

Fictionalized history

Passage 81 (2019)

In Danish journal ‘Passage’, David Hasberg Zirak-Schmidt examines how theatre shapes public attitudes to historical events, with a special look at Shakespeare’s histories. Also, contributions on the ‘fictive documentaries’ of Danish modernist Peter Seeberg and the potrayal of female victims in true crime.

Cover for: Approaches to African liberation

How can we avoid the prevailing stereotypes of ‘Africa’? How can we overcome the obsessive association of the continent with certain geopolitical markers? How do we stop seeing it as an endless reservoir of raw materials and a market for cheap goods? The new issue of Springerin develops alternative approaches to the discourse of ‘liberation’.

Cover for: Socio-environmental issues in Poland

In Krytyka Polityczna online (July), Kamil Fejfer writes on the precarious working conditions of Ukrainian migrant workers and the unscrupulous practices of many Polish employers; Sławomir Broniarz talks about the recent teachers’ strikes and why they lacked popular support; and Piotr Wójcik criticizes ineffective infrastructure projects aimed at countering Poland’s drought problem.

Cover for: Italy out of step

Italy out of step

Il Mulino 3/19

In il Mulino, Stefano Feltri compares Merkel and Sarkozy’s lack of confidence in Berlusconi’s reforms in 2011 with the spectacle of Salvini rubbing shoulders with Le Pen, Wilders, et al. Both were ‘unequivocally images of Italy’s isolation in Europe. In the past this was hard to bear and always denied, but now it is proclaimed with pride.’

Cover for: The Zelensky phenomenon

The Zelensky phenomenon

Osteuropa 3-4/2019

In ‘Osteuropa’, political scientists and journalists speculate on Ukraine’s ‘president without qualities’. The familiar cycle of hope and disappointment turbo-charged by social media’s disruptive technology. Also, a dossier on the sociology of the war in Ukraine.

Cover for: The Czech love affair with the North

Host looks at the Czech fascination with the Nordic countries, which predates the Scandi-noir craze by more than a century. Also, two Wikimedians parse the EU’s Digital Single Market Guidance, arguing that it will change the way the internet works – at least for
individual users.

Cover for: Art and politics in Erdogan’s Turkey

The reaction of artists and celebrities to the result of the re-run Istanbul municipal elections, in which Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party lost to the opposition CHP, leads Varlık to explore the complex relationship between art and politics. At the centre of the issue is the question: ‘Which is more political: the artist or their work?’

Cover for: Protecting justice against new threats

Protecting justice against new threats

Index on Censorship 2/2019

Democracy is about more than ‘one person, one vote’, says novelist Robert Harris in Index on Censorship. In this issue, authors from Brazil, Hungary, Venezuela, and elsewhere, look at how new populist regimes hamstring democratic life by taking control of judicial systems.

Cover for: Fragile hopes for philosophy

Fragile hopes for philosophy

Dialogi 3–4/2019

‘The neoliberal era of financial capitalism, the ideology of consumerism and the mentality of nihilism’ have transformed the traditional role of philosophy, argues Dialogi editor Boris Vezjak. In a themed issue, Slovenian authors inquire what happened to philosophers as public intellectuals.

Cover for: Not a good place to be in

Czech magazine A2 profiles Slovak investigative journalist and novelist Árpád Soltész, whose new book ‘Swine’, inspired by the Kuciak affair, has caused a publishing sensation. Also, a sober assessment of the Million Moments for Democracy movement, and a discussion of the politicization of folklore in Hungary.

Cover for: What money cannot buy

What money cannot buy

Esprit 7-8/2019

Esprit’s summer issue, edited by Camille Riquier, considers the idea that capitalism has replaced God with money. Because the thirst for wealth ignores the blood of the poor, the community of money is based on a breach of trust. Do new currencies make a difference? Can we make money visible again, and hence master it?

Cover for: Who exactly are ‘We the People’?

In the latest issue of Czas Kultury, Anna Paprzycka makes the case for programming languages to be credited as a means of artistic production. In a second focus, the terms ‘people’, ‘nation’ and ‘race’ are scrutinized.

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