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Obscenity, Feminism, and Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder never ceases to amaze me not only as a brilliant film director for his masterful direction of some of the most challenging, most brutal screenplays in New German  Wave cinema throughout the 1970s and 80s, but also as a precise craftsman of the most obscene theatrical plays, especially those of his controversial antiteater collection, six of which are published in 1986’s  495 more words


Suspicion by Friedrich Durrenmatt translated by Joel Agee

Suspicion is the second of two novels featured in The Inspector Barlach Mysteries by Friedrich Durrenmatt published by The University of Chicago Press.  Getting your hands on a copy probably won’t be easy, but it will be worth the effort.  436 more words

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The Drinker by Hans Fallada

Hans Fallada, a German author who survived World War II by only a few years, wrote The Drinker while imprisoned in a German insane asylum following a drunken altercation with his wife that ended in gunfire. 640 more words

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Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck

Two things stand out for me from reading Jenny Erpenbeck’s wonderful novel Visitation.

The first is a piece of German tax law from the Nazi era.   388 more words

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Cassandra by Christa Wolfe

Cassandra has always struck me as the most tragic figure in the story of the Trojan War. Gifted with prophecy, she could see the future, she knew what would happen, but no one would believe her. 734 more words

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The Judge and the Hangman by Friedrich Durrenmatt

It is my personal belief that a truly great detective novel always opens with the discovery of a body. Friedrich Durrenmatt’s novella The Judge and the Hangman… 742 more words


In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge translated from the German by Anthea Bell

Eugen Ruge’s novel In Times of Fading Light is a generational saga of a failed state, the story of one how one family lived through the lifespan of the German Democratic Republich (GDR) or East Germany as it’s known in the west. 840 more words

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