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Portrait Katerina Poladjan
And When I Heard the German Language

A Column by Katerina Poladjan

Kyiv Maidan Nezalezhnosti

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, some people believed we had reached the end of history. But hope of a peace dividend was to prove vain.

German Books
The German Children’s and Young Adult Book Market in 2023

Children’s and Young Adult books play a central role in the German market – these days, from the moment a new bookshop opens its doors you can be sure that one of the areas it will specialise in is literature for young people. Where other market segments have seen declining sales for several years now, sales of children’s books have increased.

Jürgen Boos, Marianne Rübelmann, Petra Albers and Franziska Schiebe
Juergen Boos in conversation with Marianne Rübelmann, Petra Albers and Franziska Schiebe

Books with resonance: children’s and young adult publisher Beltz & Gelberg celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021, and paperback imprint Gulliver has reached a proud milestone of 35 years.

Wunderwelt der Vögel
From Little Kids to Big Ones, From the Child’s World to the Cosmos

A child’s everyday life is full of feelings, crying, laughing, being together, being apart, having fun and sleeping. To a child, everything is important and experienced with great intensity. At the same time, the world is big and exciting. Who are we humans in this world? And anyway, what is the world compared to the cosmos? Books can help to make sense of all this.

Jakob Augstein
The new class struggle?

What is ‘identity politics’? Anyone who knows the answer is probably against the idea. In recent months, the term has had an illustrious career – but only as a caricature and a distortion.

Cinzia Sciuto
A contradiction in terms

Until not so very long ago, the term ‘identity’ was the preserve of right-wing movements, which interpreted it in a nationalistic and chauvinistic way. Today, it is increasingly being used on the left as a way of emancipating groups who experience discrimination. This, however, raises the question of whether the conscious recognition of identity can ever have a positive effect, especially from a progressive point of view.

Emilia Zenzile Roig
Levelly human is enough

Identity politics divides us, creates artificial groups in society and reinforces discrimination instead of combating it. Isn’t it the opposite of what social justice movements should be doing? Wouldn’t it be more effective to bring us together instead of highlighting our differences? Aren’t we all human? And most importantly, do we want to be put in boxes – aren’t we all more complex than these fixed identity dimensions?

The tension between wokeness and white privilege

In Germany, as elsewhere, there has been heated debate about issues surrounding ‘identity politics’. Many new publications in various genres illustrate the different viewpoints and positions, arguments and counterarguments.

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