Ten years ago, Svetlana Alexievich’s “Secondhand Time. The Last of the Soviets” came into being. In twenty stories, collected between 1991 and 2012, the author releases usually unheard voices of people from the former Soviet Union, reflecting on their own lives before and after perestroika. The question of how the regime managed to remodel its subjects into creatures of a perennial authoritarianism, infuses this work with urgent actuality in the current context.
The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021 takes us with his novel Paradise (1994) to a highly stratified East African society at the turn of the twentieth century. Against the backdrop of an increasingly pervasive European domination and surrounded by a breathtaking incommensurable landscape, a boy’s transition into adulthood is determined by complex power relations and the increasing awareness of being a stranger in his own country.
Well-known for his successful reinvention of former vintage brands like Chanel, Chloé, and Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld lent a typical fugacious industry a steady sense of continuity. Here you find an interesting side of his legacy.
Would you love to get a first impression of Florence? Then prepare for a good stroll! There is no better way to discover the hidden culinary and artistic highlights of the city, than a long, observant walk.