By Tom Cheesman
German textual content Crimes offers new views on scandals and felony activities implicating writers of German literature because the Nineteen Fifties. themes diversity from literary echoes of the "Heidegger Affair" to fresh incitements to homicide businessmen (agents of yank neo-liberal strength) in works by way of Rolf Hochhuth and others. GDR songwriters' cat-and-mouse video games with the Stasi; feminist debates on pornography, round works by way of Charlotte Roche and Elfriede Jelinek; controversies over anti-Semitism, round Bernhard Schlink's Der Vorleser / The Reader and Martin Walser's lampooning of the Jewish critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki; Peter Handke's pro-Serbian travelogue; the disputed enhancing of Ingeborg Bachmann's Nachlaß; vexed family among dramatists and administrators; (ab)uses of privateness legislation to 'censor' modern fiction: those are one of the circumstances of 'text crimes' mentioned. no longer all contain codified legislations, yet all try out kinfolk among country strength, civil society, media industries and inventive license.