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ELit Observatory July to September 2016

ELit Observatory July to September 2016

European Literature Days 2016 (3 to 6 November)
The first 2016 reviews are released for books by those authors who are taking part in this year’s European Literature Days. In preparation for the symposium and readings, Eszter Ureczky, Christian Gasser, Beat Mazenauer,  Birgit Vonberg and Katja Petrovic have compiled book reviews:

Der Europäische Landbote. Die Wut der Bürger und der Friede Europas
by Robert Menasse (trans. Craig Decker as “Enraged Citizens, European Peace and Democratic Deficits”)

Papa in Afrika
by Anton Kannemeyer 

Madgermanes
by Birgit Weyhe 

Birds in the mouth
by Samanta Schweblin 

Als nur die Tiere lebten / When There Were Only Animals
by Zsófia Bán

Dry Season
by Gabriela Babnik 

The Book of Memory
by Petina Gappah

Europe
The Hungarian writer, translator and publisher Gábor Csordás analyzes East- and West Europe’s current drifting apart. He points to the lack of self-criticism and overhasty assignments of guilt especially in Central European countries that is causing a relapse to pre-1989 days (A Farewell to Central Europe).
Katja Petrovic writes about the anti-capitalist protest movement in France and the reaction of writers and intellectuals to this (Nuit debout)
In German Humour: Are You Joking? Rosie Goldsmith considers – with a British sense of humour – the phenomenon of German satire and jokes that makes many Europeans break out in a cold sweat.

Copyright Controversy
Miha Mazzini focuses on the copyright situation in Slovenia (Copyright in Slovenia), and Saša Ilić on the situation in Serbia (Copyright in Serbia).

Literary Trends in Europe
On his quest to discover literary trends, Rainer Moritz comes across cemeteries and ashes that have been scattered in many places (Mit Urnen unterwegs / On the Road with Urns). He also casts a friendly and critical eye at the longlist for the German Book Prize (2016 German Book Prize: Deutscher Buchpreis 2016: The Countdown Has Begun).
Slovenia aims to become an honorary guest at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Renata Zamida reports on the activities (German publishers and journalists awaken to Slovenia's literature and diversity).
Steven J. Fowler was involved in an exciting European literature project (CROWD Literature’s Omnibus Project).
Katja Petrovic writes about an unusual literature prize (Inter Book Prize), and about Tristan Garcia, the French prizewinner in 2016:  (Literaturpreis als Lesetipp für den Urlaub / A Literature Prize and Reader’s Tip for the Holiday Season).
Judith Vonberg reviews a play that is highly relevant for the headline theme of the 2016 European Literature Days on “The Colonizers”  (Henning Mankell’s “The Antelopes”)
Iman Humaydan devotes her attention to Boualem Sansal whose new novel posed a contradictory viewpoint in the debate about Islam (The End of the World / Das Ende der Welt).
West Camel interviews Don Barlett who among other things has translated Karl Ove Knausgaard into English (An interview with translator Don Bartlett / URL soon).

Peter Handke
Judith Vonberg describes the importance of Peter Handke’s work in Great Britain (Peter Handke and His Reception in the English-speaking World)
Katja Petrovic does the same for France (Peter Handke and His Reception in the French-speaking World)

Daniel Kehlmann
Peter Zimmermann analyzes Daniel Kehlmann’s position in the German-speaking literary world (On Daniel Kehlmann’s Reception in the German-speaking Context)

Innovation in the Digital Field
Katja Petrovic reports on the positive readers’ behaviour of children in France (BookTube and FanFiction).