Ruth Elkins moved to Berlin in 2002 to get away from one bad man and to forget another. She spent her time in the city reading Shakespeare in the Tiergarten with Wagner experts and former spies and watching her next-door neighbour Hans try to save on heating bills by sleeping in front of the kitchen oven…. Read more »
Peter Behrens’ first novel, The Law of Dreams, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, Canada’s most prestigious book prize, in 2006. Kevin Baker in the New York Times Book Review called it “Absorbing, unsparing and beautifully written…a masterly novel”. His new novel The O’Briens will be published this year by House of… Read more »
Following up on our post a few weeks ago about the German Haus Frau Complex, an article in Spiegel this week further elaborates on the problems women experience in the workplace here in Germany and how that relates to the very low birthrate. What have been your experiences as women working in Germany? And as… Read more »
If you missed the German writer Peter Scheider’s Op-Ed about the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall in the New York Times this Sunday, you can read it here. Meanwhile, if you haven’t read his incredible 1980 novel The Wall Jumper, which paints an unparalleled portrait of the divided city, and was reissued… Read more »
(This week we introduce PARTICLE WAVE, a column written by Fenster bandmates JJ Hurvich and Jonathan Jarzyna about Berlin’s new music scene. Look forward to profiles, interviews and live performance podcasts. This week a profile of two popular venues, Madame Claude & Marie Antoinette…) It’s not easy to make a living from experimental music. That’s why… Read more »
German novelist Julia Franck was born in Berlin in 1970. THE BLINDNESS OF THE HEART, which will be published in more than thirty-five countries and has sold over 800,000 copies in Germany alone, is her first novel to be translated into English. To buy it please visit Dialogue Books at Schonleinstrasse 31.