Svetlana Alexievich has won a special German literary prize for promoting peace. The 65-year-old Belarussian has written extensively on key chapters of modern history, including the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Judith Schalansky has been awarded the prestigious Wilhelm Raabe Prize for "An Inventory of Certain Losses." At only 38, Schalansky has already been the recipient of several of Germany's top literature awards.
The world's largest book fair has celebrated its opening with calls from authors and EU politicians defending — and demanding — diversity in the book branch. The 2018 fair focuses on human rights amid a rising far right.
One of the most-coveted awards in German literature has gone to the author of Archipel. The novel tells the story of three families on the Canary Island of Tenerife from different social classes in Franco-era Spain.
The question of World War II reparations is still open, and Germany should pay up, says historian Karl Heinz Roth. But Poland, Greece and other countries would have to cooperate.
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