gives Russian literaryawards its full attention;
wills Europe's integration with the Eastto succeed;
follows the new social movement that has erupted aroundRosia Montana;
wants the free society and the urban life NOW;
still feels more or less at home in Brno's café culture.
Following the agreement with Syria on chemical weapons,struck at the end of August at Moscow's bidding, the UnitedStates has suffered a "massive loss of influence in the Nearand Middle East", writesMichael Lüders in
(Germany). It is, above all, the United Nations that hasbenefited, he continues: a military strike on Syria byWashington, even if seconded by "wannabe great power"France, would have favoured the rule of might over right (formally known asinternational law), established with the invasion of Iraq a decade ago.
A 20 centavo rise in the price of a bus ticket was all it took back in June of this year: "Brazil's cities exploded in mass demonstrations,further aggravated by the billions that had been stuffed up the arses of the Fifaoligarchy for the football World Cup. One of the poetic demands of theprotestors promptly ran: 'Schools and hospitals of Fifa−standards!'"In an article on Brazil, special guest at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, GerhardDrekonja−Kornat continues, "Since then, Brazilian civil society has continuedto seethe. 'Globo', Brazil's gigantic TV conglomerate, interrupted the dailytelenovela for the first time ever in order to report live from the streets".As if the literature alone wasn't reason enough, the prospect of finding outwhat's really going on in Brazil makes this year's offering in Frankfurtirresistible, in Drekonja−Kornat's view. His own tip −− the strain of literatureknown as
:"Much of this is rooted in Ignacio de Loyola Brandão, whose work isdominated by the difficult everyday life of the rising middle classes in themegacities, over which the rich fly their helicopters. His young successors arecreating a specific form of Brazilian urban literature: laconic, no−frills, notearful sentimentality, it has done away with all things provincial and displaysa transcultural quality, with intellectual references to Japan or France."
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