British Films at the Berlinale

In this review article, Jürgen Enkemann comments on the three British movies screened at this year‘s Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale 2017. They feature love and deceit, gentrification and midlife crises as well as a historical fight for independence. However, it seems as if previous contributions were stronger than […] Read more

‘Von-derful, darlink‘ – Charlotte Mendelson’s Novel Almost English

Charlotte Mendelson, Almost English. London: Mantle/Picador, 2013. (Paperback: London: Picador, 2014.) In Charlotte Mendelson’s fourth novel, Almost English, protagonist Marina Farkas leaves her Central-European relations with whom she shares a tiny flat in London behind to embark on her sixth-form year at Combe, a minor boarding school which has recently […] Read more

Painstaking Research, But Not Such a Good Read – Sarah Waters The Paying Guests

London 1922. Historical crime fiction. Genteel Mrs Wray and her bored daughter Frances take in lodgers, Lilian and Leonard Barber, because they can no longer manage the upkeep of their London villa without additional financial income. Their routine is disturbed but Frances, who had an affair with a female friend […] Read more

Die erste französische Buchhandlung in Berlin: Françoise Frenkel, Rien où poser sa tête.

In her review article, Margarete Zimmermann explains the fascinating role of the first French bookshop in early-20th-century Berlin. She follows the fate of the shop’s founder, Françoise Frenkel, who had to flee Nazi persecution and whose memoirs have recently been rediscovered and published in a new edition. Die erste französische […] Read more

The Literary Field and Recent British Cinema: Genius by Michael Grandage

In his review article, Jürgen Enkemann not only comments on the similarities and differences between literary and filmic practice, and how they relate to the literary field. He also dissects Michael Grandage’s film Genius and its apparent failure to translate literary concerns – such as the importance of the editor […] Read more