September 27, 2023


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Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, Theme of Ruth Kluger and Philosopher of Cycling - SWR2

Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, Theme of Ruth Kluger and Philosopher of Cycling – SWR2

With books by Ruth Kluger, Byung-Chul Han, Guillaume Martin and Jörg-Ove Albig

The Ingeborg Bachmann Prize will take place again this week in Klagenfurt, Austria. Lake Wörthersee’s literary “reading contest” is prestigious and often causes a stir. Hear how it went.

As tensions simmer over the anti-Semitism scandal in Document Fifteen, we remember writer and Holocaust survivor Ruth Kluger. Her powerful autobiography, More Life, was published 30 years ago.

Also a mysterious look at the new book “Vita Contemplativa” by contemporary philosopher and critic Byung-Chul Han.

Guillaume Martin is also a philosopher and full-time professional cyclist and will be participating in the Tour de France in a few days. Among the races, he jotted down some noteworthy insights into the relationship between the individual and the group: “The Peloton Society.”

In contrast, Jörg-Uwe Albig deals with the fear of strongmen of the new morals of their era in his book of essays “Moralophobia”. From Niccol Machiavelli to Al Capone to Donald Trump, the biggest bullies in history want to make us believe that morality and politics don’t belong together. The author recommends daring to be more ethical.

Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2022
Comment by Karsten Otti

Ruth Kluger – Keep on Living
Wallstein Verlag, 286 pages, €14.90
ISBN 978-3-8353-0298-3
Lucas Mayer Blankenburg in conversation with keylogger expert Jessa Dane

Byung Chul Han – Vita Contemplativa
Ullstein Verlag, 128 pages, €22.99
ISBN 978-3-550-20213-1
Wolfgang Schneider review

Guillaume Martin – Peloton Society
Translated from the French by Christoph Sanders
Covadonga Verlag, €16.80, 192 pages
ISBN 978-3-95726-066-6
Reading and moderation

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Jörg Uwe Alpig – Moral phobia
Klett-Cotta Verlag, 224 pages, €22
ISBN 978-3-608-96585-8
Lukas Mayer Blankenburg in conversation with Jörg Uwe Albig

Wanda – Bye my love
Label: Berlin Circle

Dan’s Danger – It’s All Included in Freedom of the Arts
Label: washing antelope

Carsten “Erobique” Meyer – Beware of people
Label: none

Heaven – When does it rise?
Label: New Greenland

Stars with Carsten Erobique Meyer and Kaiser Quartet – Summer will go to town
Label: Play it again, Sam