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A story goes around the world (Issue III/2020)

“Make globalisation fairer”

an interview with Thomas Piketty

A conversation with the economist and author about redistribution and the potential which lies in the pandemic.

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A story goes around the world (Issue III/2020)

The subtle differences

by Manuela Lenzen

What makes a person human? The behavioural scientist Michael Tomasello compares humans with apes. His new book focuses early development in the first years of life and finds: they are like us!

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Talking about a revolution (Issue II/2020)

Meeting the whalers

by Marko Martin

Charles King revisits the anthropologist Franz Boas and his comrades in arms who, with their research on the Inuits and the Polynesians, were the first researchers to debunk racist theories.

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Finally! (Issue I/2020)

Women’s class struggle

by Jagoda Marinic

A duo of new books on feminism: Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya and Nancy Fraser have written a manifesto against predatory capitalism while Kristen R. Ghodsee explores gender relations under socialism.

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Finally! (Issue I/2020)

“I went into hiding in Hong Kong”

an interview with Lam Wing-kee

The bookseller was imprisoned in China for selling political books. A conversation.

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Endlich! (Ausgabe I/2020)

Where there’s lust, there’s shame

by Sabine Scholl

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s story of love in Nigeria tackles taboos head-on

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Someone else's paradise (Issue IV/2019)

Where is it all coming from?

by Paul Nolte

In her brilliant history, Jill Lepore unravels the contradictions of her country.

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Someone else's paradise (Issue IV/2019)

“Giving economic policy a cultural audit”

an interview with Sigrid Weigel

In a new study, the cultural scientist Sigrid Weigel scrutinises Germany’s cultural foreign policy. 

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Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

Social cement

by Cord Riechelmann

In his new book, tropical biologist Mark W. Moffett researches the ties that bind human and animal societies.

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Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

On being a doll in a monster’s garden

by Carmen Eller

Leïla Slimani’s latest novel chronicles the life of a woman who is addicted to sex.

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Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

Trapped in Sarajevo

by Doris Akrap

Damir Ovcina‘s novel forces the reader to bear witness to the Bosnian genocide.

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Nonstop (Issue III/2019)

Freud in Calcutta

by Antje Stiebitz

German historian Uffa Jensen traces the early stages of psychoanalysis as it travelled between continents.

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Guilt (Issue II/2019)

All the good people were white…

by Rose-Anne Clermont

Reni Eddo-Lodge explores how we talk about skin colour – and how we should.

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Guilt (Issue II/2019)

“Reading others means listening to them”

an interview with Federico Italiano

Italian poet Federico Italiano has created a volume of poetry called “Grand Tour”, which brings together the young European poetry scene. In an interview, he explains what the generation of writers have in common and the surprises he found along the way.

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Above (Issue I/2019)

Count Your Chickens

by Friederike Biron

Authors Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore describe how we arrived in the ‘Capitalocene’ era – and how we can leave it too. 

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Above (Issue I/2019)

“The World Does Not Want the Same Things as Us”

Richard Powers

In his novel "The Overstory," shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Richard Powers interweaves his characters like roots on a forest floor - and joins them to fight for the rights of trees.

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Above (Issue I/2019)

When Your Background Is the Crime

Thomas Hummitzsch

What does it mean to be seen as a stranger in your own country? In two novels, the authors John Okada and Min Jin Lee answer that question in diverse and fascinating ways.

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Above (Issue I/2019)

A Harsh Clarity

by Gerd Koenen

In her book, “The Future is History”, author Masha Gessen shows us an oppressive vision of Russia, a country that has been unable to reclaim its soul after the end of the Soviet Union. Her semi-factual novel, based on various interviews and reports, tells the personal tales of three generations and at the same time acts as a pyscho-social analysis of the Soviet legacy. 

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Poorest nation, richest nation (Issue III+IV/2018)

"Distance Offers Me Protection"

by Chinelo Okparanta

Homosexuality remains a big taboo in Nigeria. With her lesbian love story Chinelo Okparanta chips away at prejudice.

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Poorest nation, richest nation (Issue III+IV/2018)

Who Is We?

by Rokhaya Diallo

So many people are increasingly speaking in the name of "We" in public. The French philosopher Tristan Garcia discusses how these identities of the "We" can be reconciled.

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Poorest nation, richest nation (Issue III+IV/2018)

Sitting at the Big Table

by Daniel Bax

Their parents were reticent but now the children and grandchildren of immigrants to Germany want to have their say. In his book, The Integration Paradox, author Aladin El-Mafaalani describes the conflicts that ensue - and why this could be a good sign.

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Poorest nation, richest nation (Issue III+IV/2018)

The Most Lofty and the Most Base of Feelings

by Carmen Eller

In "The First Garment" Guram Dochanashvili describes life in times of political tyranny.

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Heroes (Issue II/2018)

Werther’s second spring

by Sieglinde Geisel

From the epistolary novel to Rilke’s shorthand for modern dedication to art: Literature professor Sandra Richter explores how German-language literature is seen, and how it spreads, on the world stage. 

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Heroes (Issue II/2018)

Tentacles and trips

by Jutta Person

Science fiction, eco-thriller, voodoo grotesque: writer and musician Rita Indiana sends her characters on wild trips, not to mention travelling in time.

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Earth, how are you doing? (Issue I/2018)

“People Have Been Lead to Believe That Their Problems Are Due to Black People”

an interview with Ibram X. Kendi

In his book “Stamped from the Beginning”, Ibram X. Kendi shows how stereotypes of Afro-Americans are instrumentalized in politics. 

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Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)

An elephant’s journey

by Hilal Sezgin

Modern technology makes it possible to measure and track wildlife better than ever before. James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti have published a book of beautiful maps based on this – but along the way, they seem to have lost sight of animal welfare. 

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Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)

“You have to latch onto the language”

an interview with Xiaolu Guo

In her autobiography, the filmmaker and author describes growing up in the Chinese countryside and making her way as an immigrant in England.

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Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)

How to outsmart yourself

by Antje Schrupp

Even if we don’t mean to, our own well-established patterns of perception will make us discriminate. Behavioural economist Iris Bohnet has some solutions to this self-sabotage. 

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Une Grande Nation (Issue IV/2017)

One bright afternoon during a time of darkness

by Stephanie von Hayek

The poignant debut novel by Anuk Arudpragasam recalls the turmoil of civil war in Sri Lanka.

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