Migration novel by mohsin hamid: a world full of doors

Author Mohsin Hamid uses fairy-tale elements in "Exit West." He sends his protagonists on a trek across continents.

Hamid at a literary festival in 2014 Photo: imago/Fotoarena

It starts out like a random "boy meets girl" story. Perhaps not so random from a comfortably European perspective, as Saeed and Nadia, the couple who have yet to become one, live in a city preparing for civil war. In a city where customs are so strict that Nadia, who lives alone, has taken to always wearing a voluminous full-body robe to keep quiet from men. Slowly, the two get closer to each other and eventually become a couple.

Presidential election in poland: democracy at a pig’s gallop

After the botched election in May, Poles are to elect their head of state at the end of June. This vote is also not constitutional.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski collects signatures Photo: Kacper Pempel/reuters

"Back to start!" is the motto in Poland after the spectacularly failed presidential election in May 2020. Time is pressing, as President Andrzej Duda’s term ends on August 6. By then, a successor, or Duda again, should have been elected as the candidate of the national populist ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

Prosanova literature festival: what’s left of the party?

The Prosanova festival for young literature is also digitally diverse. Social daydrinking is replaced by virtual author tours.

The six-member festival management team is faced with the feat of keeping its audience on the computer for four days Photo: Salma Jaber

When the largest festival for young German-language literature begins in Hildesheim on the afternoon of June 11, no one will be driving there. Like so many cultural events this year, Prosanova 2020 will take place on the web, and for that it comes up with an elaborate transmedia concept.

Animal welfare and factory farming: pigs as indoor furnishings.

The consumer wants cheap meat. He gets an animal welfare label that still allows docking and tolerates missing lying areas.

Slatted floors are said to make pigs sick. Picture: dpa

It’s so easy to forget how creative pigs are. "They quickly made it clear to us: what we do, we decide ourselves!" says Karl Harleb. Pigs want to "design their own homes. Where is my kitchen, my dining room, my bedroom?"

Kunsthalle in new design: deep blue and outrageously golden

Hamburg’s Kunsthalle reopens after 17 months of renovation. And presents itself both stately and popular at the same time

And Immanuel Kant is waiting at the center: the Kunsthalle’s sunny yellow Kuupelsaal. Photo: dpa

Spacious, flooded with light, Alster view: Hamburg’s Kunsthalle director Hubertus Gabner uses the vocabulary of the real estate industry to praise his newly renovated building. Indeed, the museum, which is reopening after 17 months of renovation, breathes the spirit of the upper middle class that founded it in 1869 and which now paid for the renovation: Otto-Versand entrepreneur’s son and ECE shopping center boss Alexander Otto and his wife Dorit made the renovation possible with 15 million euros. They want to feel a bit at home there, too.

Death of fugitive aman alizada: five shots and many questions

A year ago, 19-year-old Aman Alizada was shot dead by a police officer in Stade. The investigation was discontinued. There is a lot of criticism about this.

Doubts about the police’s version of events: last October, around 200 people demonstrated in Stade Photo: Miguel Ferraz

When Aman Alizada died on August 17, 2019, he was just 19 years old. That evening, police were called to the shelter for refugees in Stade-Butzfleth where he lived. By the end of the operation, Alizada was dead. A police officer had shot him five times.

Formation of government in slovenia: orban friend soon back in office

Right-wing conservative politician Janez Janša was embroiled in corruption scandals. Now he is to form a new center-right government.

Could soon also be EU Council president: Janez Janša Photo: Jure Makovec/afp

Conservative Slovenian politician Janez Janša has the chance to form a new government in Slovenia. President Borut Pahor gave him the green light this week. Now he must form a new coalition government within 14 days. This marks the return of one of southeastern Europe’s most colorful politicians to the European spotlight. The friend and political ally of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will strengthen the right-wing conservative Eastern European axis in the EU – Slovenia will take over the rotating presidency of the European Union in the second half of 2021.