“We believe in more good books, good bookshops with good booksellers and customers who appreciate this” – Interview with an Independent Bookseller in Berlin

Gesa Stedman interviewed Friederike Zöllner, owner of the bookshop Buchlokal in Berlin-Pankow, for the Literary Field Kaleidoscope. The German version of the interview is available via this link (German pdf), an English pdf file here (link to English pdf). When and why did Buchlokal first open? Which core areas does […] Read more

The Arrogance of the “Hybrid” Intellectual – A Review of Broken German by Tomer Gardi

Gesa Stedman has little patience for a recent publication written in ‘migrant’s German’, attempting to playfully overcome the current German angst about too many refugees and the cultural and social changes these might bring. A series of urban vignettes centring on Radili and his friends with different ‘multicultural’ backgrounds as […] 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