signandsight.com is the English version of the German online cultural magazine Perlentaucher. provides a lively and informative view of cultural and intellectual life in Germany. In Today's Feuilletons, which appears every day (Monday-Friday) at 11am, summarises the highlights of the cultural pages of the major German language newspapers. en-us says good-bye<b> bids farewell</b> after seven exciting and engaging years. Editors <b>Thierry Chervel</b> and <b>Anja Seeliger </b>express their thanks and say a personal good-bye to our readers - while remaining committed to the idea of a public forum dedicated to the motto &quot;Let&#39;s Talk European&quot;. Roundup <img align="left" src="/cdata/artikel/2233/polityka.jpg" />The <b>Republicans</b> are waging a war against women, the <i>New York Magazine</i> declares. Perhaps it's because women are so unabashed about reading <b>porn in public</b> - that's according to publisher Beatriz de Moura in <i>El Pais Semanal,</i> at least. <i>Polityka</i> remembers <b>Operation Reinhard</b>. Tensions are growing between <b>Poland and Hungary</b> as Victor Orban spreads his influence, prompting ruminations on <b>East European absurdity</b> from both <i>Elet es Irodalom</i> and<i></i>. <i>Wired</i> is keeping its eyes peeled on the only unassuming sounding <b>Utah Data Center.</b> in a bubble<img src="/cdata/teaser/2253/bild1.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />Awarded a Silver Bear at this year&#39;s Berlinale, <b>Christian Petzold&#39;s</b> new film &quot;Barbara&quot; is a GDR drama set in the early 1980s. Colourful and romantic <b>beyond any nostalgia</b> for the East, it relates the situation of female doctor caught in the circumstances of having applied for an <b>exit visa</b>. For Petzold, the film is not only a highly personal story of a woman in conflict but a film about what was lost - especially for <b>women</b> - with the fall of the Wall in 1989. soft power fails the acid test <img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/2252/steletease.jpg" />Western museums are opening their halls for huge state exhibitions in collaboration with non-democratic regimes. The <b>British Museum</b> is currently hosting an exhibition on the<b> Hajj</b> which is <b>funded by Saudi Arabia</b> and reflects the royal family's position on the ritual. Should an institution dedicated to secular learning accommodate such religiously <b>doctrinaire exhibitions</b>? Yes, says <b>Malise Ruthven</b> in the <i>New York Review of Books</i> blog, who evidently believes in the conciliatory effects of such cultural politics. <i>Tagesspiegel</i> author <b>Nicola Kuhn</b> sees the new &quot;<b>Roads of Arabia</b>&quot; exhibition in Berlin's <b>Pergamon Museum</b> more critically. Image © National Museum, Riyadh in circles <img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/2249/stadeltease.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" />Frankfurt's <b>Städelmuseum</b> has just opened its new subterranean <b>contemporary art</b> extension, the culmination of a radical overhaul of the building and its collections. <b>Hans-Joachim Müller </b>ventures down below the <b>surreal</b> <b>domed lawn</b> and is left to meander through a refreshingly <b>idiosyncratic</b> retrospective that turns its back on received ideas about the progress of art.<font color="#333333"> (Image:exterior view of Städel extension by Norbert Miguletz)</font> one is indestructible<img src="/cdata/teaser/2246/nadas_teaser.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />A precision engineer of the emotions, <b>Peter Nadas </b>traces the European upheavals of the past century in his colossal and epic novel &quot;<b>Parallel Stories</b>&quot;, which was published in English in December. The core and epicentre of the novel is the body, which bears the marks of <b>history and trauma</b>. In his seemingly chaotic intertwining of lives and stories, Nadas penetrates the depths of the <b>human animal </b>with unique insight. A review by <b>Joachim Sartorius</b> kiss for the whole worldWho actually owns &quot;<b>intellectual property</b>&quot;?  The German media that defend the concept of intellectual property as &quot;real&quot; property are the first to appropriate such rights, and they are using this idea as a <b>defensive weapon</b>. With lawmakers extending copyright laws and new structures emerging on the internet, intellectual property poses a serious challenge to the public domain. A survey of the <b>German media</b> landscape by<b> Thierry Chervel</b> of the world, be entertained!<img src="/cdata/teaser/2241/teaser1.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />This year&#39;s <b>Berlinale</b> <b>Retrospective</b> &quot;The Red Dream Factory&quot; rediscovers the legendary German-Russian <b>Mezhrabpom-Film</b> (1922-1936). It tells of incredible film successes, ideological misunderstandings and astonishing blindness. By<b> Oksana Bulgakova </b> tripping across the ideological divide<img src="/cdata/teaser/2239/1tease.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />The <b>USA</b> and the <b>USSR</b> should not simply be thought of as arch enemies of the Cold War. Beyond ideology, the two nations were deeply interested in one another. <b>Ilya Ilf </b>and <b>Yevgeny Petrov </b>were thrilled by the American Way of Life in 1935/6, <b>John Steinbeck</b> and <b>Robert Capa</b> praised the sheer vitality of the Russian people in 1947. Historian <b>Karl Schlögel</b> reviews a perfect pair of travel journals. <font color="#333333">Photo by Ilf and Petrov.</font> without a childhood<img src="/cdata/teaser/2235/oezdamar_hf_teaser.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />Turkish-born author, actor and director <b>Emine Sevgi Özdamar</b> was recently awarded the Alice Salomon Prize for Poetics. Coming to West Berlin in 1965, Özdamar first learned German at the age of 19. After stage school she went on to become the directorial assistant to Benno Besson and Matthias Langhoff at the <b>Volksbühne in East Berlin</b> while still living in West Berlin. <b>Harald Jähner</b> warmly lauds the author&#39;s uniquely visual sense of her <b>acquired language</b> and her ability to overcome the seemingly insurmountable dividing line through the city. in the time of terror<b><img src="/cdata/teaser/petrovvodkinakhmatova.jpg" align="left" />Nadezhda Mandelstam</b>&#39;s personal memories of the Russian poet <b>Anna Akhmatova</b>, her intimate friend, offer a unique and moving testimony to <b>friendship and resistance</b> over decades of persecution. Published only after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, the text is still unavailable in English but has recently been translated into German. A unique historical document, celebrating an <b>intellectual icon</b> in an<b> </b>age of horror. <font color="#333333">Portrait of Akhmatova</font><span><font color="#333333"> by Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin.</font><a title="Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin" href=""></a></span> we know we are many <img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/2230/bolotnaya.jpg" />Why the <b>Russian youth </b>have tolerated the political situation in their country for so long and why they are <b>no longer tolerant</b>. The poet <b>Natalia Klyuchareva</b> explains the background to the <b>protests</b> on <b>Bolotnaya Square</b> in Moscow on December 10th. <font color="#333333">Image: Leonid Faerberg</font> Republic of EuropeThanks to <b>Radoslaw Sikorski</b>&#39;s speech in Berlin, Poland has at last joined the big European debate about restructuring the EU in connection with the euro crisis. The &quot;<b>European Reformation</b>&quot; advocated by Germany does not mean that the <b>Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation</b> will be established in Europe, but instead – let us hope – the Republic of Europe. By <b>Adam Krzeminski</b> is not red<img src="/cdata/teaser/2225/a_veiel_dreh_klein.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />Filmmaker and theatre director <b>Andres Veiel</b> disagrees with the parallels currently being drawn between left-wing and right-wing violence in Germany. The <b>RAF</b> is the <b>wrong model</b> for the Zwickau neo-Nazi group, the so-called <b>&quot;Brown Army Faction</b>&quot; responsible for a series of murders of Turkish small business owners. Unlike the RAF, this group never publicly claimed responsibility for their crimes. Veiel is emphatic - you have to look at the <b>biographies of the perpetrators</b>. An interview with Heike Karen Runge. of denial<img src="/cdata/teaser/2221/klier.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />Germany has been rocked by the disclosures surrounding the series of <b>neo-Nazi murders</b> of Turkish citizens. In the wake of these events, Former <b>GDR dissident Freya Klier</b> calls for an honest look at the xenophobia cultivated by the policies of the former East Germany, where the core of the so-called &quot;<b>Brown Army Faction</b>&quot; was based. And demands that East Germans finally confront a <b>long-denied past</b>. (Photo: © Nadja Klier) envy<img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/2220/alycover.jpg" />Read the first English excerpt from historian <b>Goetz Aly</b>'s new book &quot;<b>Why the Germans</b>?<b> Why the Jews</b>? Equality, Envy and Racial Hatred 1800 - 1933&quot;. In response to this question that has been hanging in the air since the end of WWII, Goetz Aly points to the <b>lack of education </b>and fear of progress in so many German Christians at the turn of the century - and to the contrasting readiness of the Jewish population to embrace the new opportunities and education as the ticket to social mobility. Shamed by their shortcomings, the Germans soon turned to <b>racial theory</b> to conceal their envy and resentment. in Paris<img src="/cdata/teaser/2217/0711charlie_klein.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />In response to the <b>arson attack</b> on the offices of the Parisian satirical magazine <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> on November 2, Danish critic and semiotician <b>Frederik Stjernfelt</b> is nauseated by the opinions voiced against the publication, especially in the <b>British and American media</b>. Why don&#39;t they see that Islamism is right-wing extremism? the black back into Wozzeck<img alt="TeaserPic" src="/cdata/teaser/2215/wozz.jpg" align="left" /><b>Andrea Breth</b> has just directed Alban Berg&#39;s &quot;<b>Wozzeck</b>&quot; at the Staatsoper in Berlin, to substantial critical acclaim. Mid-rehearsal, she makes time to talk to <b>Niklaus Hablützel</b> about Büchner&#39;s word compositions, why only singing beautifully can ruin everything, and the power of curtains.<br /> like DNA<img src="/cdata/teaser/2213/textor_klein2.jpg" align="left" />In 2007 the rap duo <b>Kinderzimmer Productions</b> disbanded with <b>rapper</b> Henrik von Holtum, alias <b>MC Textor</b>, publishing a ranting manifesto against the rap scene in the <i>Tageszeitung</i>. But Kinderzimmer Productions is back with a new live recording of their old songs - with the <b>Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra</b>. Nina Apin from the<i> taz</i> talks with MC Textor about rap, classical music and the question of <b>aging gracefully</b>. one pyramid<img src="/cdata/teaser/2207/magnason_small.jpg" align="left" />Activist and author,<b> Andri Snaer Magnason</b> is among the <b>Icelandic guests</b> of honor at this year&#39;s Frankfurt Book Fair. His book and film &quot;<b>Dreamland</b>&quot; is both an <b>ecological call to action</b> and a polemic. &quot;The politicians took one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland and offered it to<b> </b>unscrupulous companies,&quot; says the author in a critique of his native country. By <b>Daniela Zinser </b> Book Prize 2011 - the short list <img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/2191/logosm.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" /><font color="#FF6319"><b>Eugen Ruge</b> <b>has won the</b> </font><font color="#665F30"><b><font color="#FF6319">German Book Prize</font> </b></font>with his novel &quot;In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts&quot; (In times of fading light), an <b>autobiographical story</b> of an East German family. The award is presented to the best German-language novel just before the start of the <b>Frankfurt Book Fair</b>. Here we present this year's six shortlisted authors and <b>exclusive English translations</b> <font color="#665F30"><font color="#FF6319"><b></b></font></font>of excerpts from their novels.<br /> side of the light <img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/2206/cfl_final.jpg" />In their book &quot;Lügendes Licht&quot; (<b>lying light</b>) <b>Thomas Worm</b> and <b>Claudia Karstedt</b> explore the darker side of the EU ban on incandescent bulbs. From disposal issues to energy efficiency, the <b>low-energy bulb</b> is not necessarily a beacon of a greener future. By <b>Brigitte Werneburg </b> and the quest for perfection <img align="left" src="" />The Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin is currently hosting Germany's first major retrospective of the legendary Japanese artist <b>Hokusai</b>, featuring over 430 exhibits, many of which have never left Japan before. It is hard to believe that such incredible <b>diversity</b> could stem from the hand of just one artist, but it is the product of a lifetime's dedication. By <b>Katrin Wittneven</b>. Image: &quot;Onikojima Yataro and Saihoin Akabozu&quot;© Katsushika Hokusai Museum of Art the vortex of congealed time<img src="/cdata/teaser/2186/leningrad.jpg" align="left" />No other European city suffered more in World War II than <b>Leningrad under siege</b>, when over a million people lost their lives. <b>Russian literature</b> delivers a rich testimony of the events which have been all but forgotten by the West. Only a few works, though, also do the disaster <b>aesthetic justice</b>. By <b>Oleg Yuriev</b> unrelenting vice <img align="left" src="" />In this apology for the vice of reading, <b>Bora Cosic</b> describes the magnificent and <b>fantastic discoveries</b> of one of its practitioners – revealing how texts contain what we bring to them, how we sometimes <b>read without reading</b> and how books are not only found in books but many other places. puritanism <img align="left" src="" />The malice of the American media in the case of <b>Dominique Strauss-Kahn </b>is a symptom of sexual uptightness that borders on the sinister, and the <b>feminists</b> have joined forces with the <b>religious Right </b>to see it through. We can learn much from America, but not when it comes to the art of love. By <b>Pascal Bruckner</b> the groove <img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/2177/smricardovillalobos.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" />Searching for new sounds to take the party to new highs, <b>club music</b> is turning to<b> classical </b>and <b>new music</b>. Prominent techno DJs such as <b>Carl Craig</b> and Moritz von Oswald, <b>Ricardo Villalobos</b> and Max Loderbauer are working with the recordings of <b>Deutsche Grammophon</b> and <b>ECM</b>. <b>Alexis Waltz</b> samples some bewitchingly beautiful and psychedelically absurd results. <font color="#333333">Photo Ricardo Villalobos © Stefan Stern</font> pasta to pyrotechnics <img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/2178/hanteaser.jpg" />We should be <b>playing more</b> and working less, according to philosopher and author <b>Byung-Chul Han</b>. He argues from the standpoint of Asian thinking yet is firmly rooted in the Western tradition. <b>Ronald Düker</b> visits Byung-Chul Han at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe to find out how to make our <b>minds more supple</b>. quest for Christa Wolf<img src="/cdata/teaser/434/teaser.jpg" align="left" /><font color="#A60000"><span style="font-weight: bold"> </span><b>Christa Wolf died on 1 Dec, aged 82</b>.</font> Fifteen years after reunification, <b>Christa Wolf</b>, a prominent German writer who chose to remain in East Germany and who was later branded a &quot;state poet&quot;, talks with <b>Hanns-Bruno Kammertöns</b> and <b>Stephan Lebert</b> about private chats with Honecker, a German society in check mate, the influence of Goethe, the shortcomings of Brecht, and the lasting effects of Utopia. satire after the tragedy<img src="/cdata/teaser/1570/teaser1.jpg" align="left" />No sooner were the <b>fires put out</b> than was the government reelected that bore the than <b>Greek votersbrunt</b> of responsibility for the tragedy. Did those who suffered so much learn no lesson from their distress? Crime writer <b>Petros Markaris </b>looks at why the Greeks have failed to find their way out of the<b> </b>political crisis rocking their country."The time for philosophising is over"<img src="/cdata/teaser/1508/teaser.jpg" align="left" /><b>Ernst Tugendhat</b>, philosopher and critic of German pseudo-profundity, talks to <b>Ulrike Herrmann</b> about the fear of death, Heidegger, anti-Semitism and unfounded speculations in brain research.<br /> and guilt<img src="/cdata/teaser/1771/42033.jpg" align="left" alt="TeaserPic" /><img src="/cdata/teaser/1771/celan.jpg" align="left" alt="TeaserPic" />The legendary German poets, <b>Ingeborg Bachmann </b>and <b>Paul Celan</b>, met and fell in love in Vienna 1948. Their <b>electric and torturous correspondence</b>, which continued until 1961, has now been collected in book form for the first time. <b>Ina Hartwig </b>on what was probably the most complicated love story in post-war Germany. source we drink from <img align="left" src="/cdata/teaser/1271/teaser2.jpg" />It was only with the <b>end of the Soviet Union</b> that Russians got the chance to get discover their own <b>20th century literature</b>. Forbidden authors like <b>Nabokov</b>, <b>Mandelstam</b>, <b>Brodsky</b> and <b>Kharms </b>became hugely popular. But until today the most enduring are the <b>Oberiuts</b>, a group of avant-garde poets from the 20s and 30s. By <b>Olga Martynova</b> favouritesHere you&#39;ll find links to newspapers, magazines and other useful culture-related websites partnersFor more information on signandsight&#39;s partners... life in the wrong life<img src="/cdata/teaser/2061/teaser.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" /> <b><font color="#A60000">Update: after the resignation of Christian Wulff</font></b><font color="#A60000">,</font><b><font color="#A60000"> meet Germany</font></b><font color="#A60000">&#39;</font><b><font color="#A60000">s new president. </font>Joachim Gauck</b> was a leading oppositional figure in the GDR. After the fall of the Wall he became the first <b>Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Files</b>. He talks to <b>Joachim Günther</b> about<b> Ossis and Wessis</b>, opposition, conformism, and the long-term psychological effects of a <b>dictatorial regime</b>. one drop of forgetfulness<img alt="TeaserPic" src="/cdata/teaser/2224/leuteneggerkl.jpg" align="left" />This year is the 200th anniversary of the death of German writer <b>Heinrich von Kleist</b>. The author <b>Gertrud Leutenegger</b> has a very Kleistian afternoon on Elba, when she encounters the <b>Marquise von O</b> in the waiting room of a very strange eye doctor."We only have ourselves to draw upon"<img src="/cdata/teaser/2212/kittler2.jpg" alt="TeaserPic" align="left" />If geniuses still exist in Germany, then <b>Friedrich Kittler</b>, who died at the age of 68 on 18 October, was one of them. The literary scholar and media theorist wrote as much about <b>drugs</b> as he did about <b> weapons</b>, and he was as interested in <b>war</b> as he was in <b>love</b>. One of his PhD students is a Eurofighter pilot in Afghanistan. <b>Andreas Rosenfelder</b> talked with him in his Berlin apartment at the beginning of the year.