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Book Review: Berlin: 69 Erotic Places

Book Review: Berlin: 69 Erotic Places

Berlin has often been termed the sex capital of the world, famous for its sexually liberal attitude, vibrant gay scene, sex parties and clubs. Continue reading

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Vansittartism

Last Wednesday, I learnt a new word that filled me with a mixture of glee and shame at Hans Vaget’s lecture Vansittartism Revisited. Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and the Threat of World War III Continue reading

Versatile Blogger Award

So Will McNeice over at Bohemian Breakdancer has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Hooray! The requirements of the Award are as follows: 1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post. 2. Share 7 things about yourself. 3. Pass this award along. 4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them … Continue reading

Every Man Dies Alone at the Maxim Gorki Theatre

You would think that a play based on what Primo Levi called “the greatest book about German resistance to the Nazis” (Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone, or Jeder stirbt für sich allein) staged at a reputable theatre (Maxim Gorki in Berlin Mitte) would be watchable, if not enjoyable. Not so. Director Jorinde Dröse has … Continue reading

Photos from Not In Kansas

Last night’s reading was a success; Cafe Hilde was packed, our audience was rapt from beginning to end, no one threw tomatoes at us, and everyone had a fantastic time…

International Literature Festival Berlin

The International Literature Festival Berlin is well underway, with lots of interesting events going on around the city. This year there is special focus on the Asia-Pacific, with events covering topics from Reporting from Conflict Zones and Criticism of Islam, to Katherine Mansfield and Rabindranath Tagore. Participants include Pankaj Mishra (you can listen to the brief interview he gave to Radio Eins … Continue reading

Translation Idol

Far better than Pop Idol, Translation Idol is a regular Berlin event in which contestants battle it out to provide the best translation of a German text in English. The winners get…erm, nothing much really, but it’s an illuminating exercise. The competition is organised by No Mans Land, the magazine of German literature in translation, and the fourth one took place at … Continue reading

Review: City-Lit Berlin

Unlike other Berlin guidebooks, City-Lit Berlin is a literary guide that encompasses 127 excerpts from texts about the city by no less than 69 writers. It seems an apt approach to getting to know this city, the most volatile capital in Europe for more than a century; a city of ghosts and of artists that has been so many things to so many people. The book … Continue reading

Berlin International Literature Festival

The 10th Berlin International Literature Festival begins tomorrow. Thirty-five writers, including Israel Bar Kohav, Wladimir Kaminer and Kate DiCamillo from twenty-one countries will take part in the festival in locations around Berlin over a period of 10 days. The main location for events will be the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and the programme consists of three main parts; Literature of the World, … Continue reading

Top Ten Berlin Novels

Berlin has been the inspiration and provided the setting for many novels. Here are my top ten! 10. Book of Clouds by Chloe Aridjis “Ever since arriving in Berlin I’d become a professional in lost time. It was impossible to account for all the hours. The hands on clocks and watches jumped ahead or lagged behind indiscriminately. The city ran … Continue reading

New poetry evening at St Gaudy Café

Thursday evening saw the first of a monthly poetry evening called Rage into the Night at St Gaudy Café, Prenzlauer Berg. Unlike most poetry events in Berlin, this was not a Poetry Slam – which tend to be open mic competitions with a strong focus on performance – but an altogether more sombre affair featuring a line-up of four quite well-known … Continue reading

Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof

It’s not true that the Germans are unromantic; The Bavarian takes me out somewhere special once a week. This week we went to Dorotheenstädtischer cemetery off Chausseestraße in Berlin Mitte, where almost every prominent body in Berlin rests, including… Bertolt Brecht, novelist and playwright 10 February 1898–14 August 1956 Brecht’s second wife, actress Helene Weigel, is buried next … Continue reading