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Reading into Germany with Rafael Seligmann

Or: thoroughly different

He’s a man of the word: novelist, auto-biographer, historian and publisher of a quarterly called the Jewish Voice from Germany. He’s Rafael Seligmann – my latest guest on Talking Germany. Of course, I’m curious to know what books he’s got on his bedside table. “Well,” he tells me, “there’s one by the Russian writer Gaito Gazdanov called The Spectre of Alexander Wolf. It’s very good!” It’s an estimation that widely shared. “My new favourite author,” says one leading critic, Jens Bisky – brother, by the way of another excellent Talking Germany guest, the artist Norbert Bisky. Anyway, I’ve ordered the book.

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November 1, 2013

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Rafael Seligmann’s Movie Pick

 “I love Charlie Chaplin,” says Rafael Seligmann. “Especially The Great Dictator and Modern Times. What I like about Chaplin is that he takes complicated things and makes them simple.” My personal favourite among Chaplin’s great movies is City Lights.


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