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Culture
Bollywood Goes Digital
Namrata Joshi, writing for New Delhi’s Outlook magazine, reports that Indian movie houses are increasingly forgoing film for digital projectors to save money and combat piracy.

Hip-Hop Speaks to the Reality of Israel
In an article for Zurich’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Hartwig Vens looks at how Israeli Jews and Arabs are adapting the idioms of American hip-hop music to fit their own social and political concerns.

Raving and Remembrance
In his hometown of Beirut, cutting-edge Lebanese architect Bernard Khoury is creating nightclubs and restaurants on the sites of former massacres and war zones. Die Tageszeitung's Thomas Fitzel reports.

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Art
An East German Retrospective
As a major retrospective of East German art opens in Berlin, El País's Ciro Krauthausen asks whether it was possible to creat real art under the totalitarian regime of the German Democratic Republic.

Chile's Surrealist
Chilean surrealist painter Roberto Matta, ranked as among the 20th century's best, died recently. World Press Review associate editor Rachel S. Taylor surveys his life and work.

A Wonder, Reborn
Before it was plundered by the Wehrmacht during the Second World War, the legendary Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace was often called the eighth wonder of the world. A copy of the room is due to open to the public in May 2003.
Ulrike Knöfel investigates for Hamburg's Der Spiegel.

Eternal Images
At the height of her career, French photographer Denise Colomb took portraits of Picasso, Calder, Chagall, and Braque. As she celebrates her 100th birthday, her nephew Albert turns the tables and exhibits pictures of this irreverent image-maker, Paris's Le Figaro reports.

The Arts in a Time of Crisis
What is the place of the arts after September 11? Three visual artists tell Le Monde's Michel Guerrin of their reactions following the attacks.


Books

Sept. 11 The Novel: Possible or Not?
Le Nouvel Observateur's Bernard Géniès interviews French authors Frédéric Beigbeder and Luc Lang about their new novels, both of which have Sept. 11 as a central theme.

Jesuits Take On Corruption
A new book published by Jesuits in the Philippines aims to address the issue of why corruption is endemic in Filipino society. Alfred A. Araya Jr. reports for Manila's CyberDyaryo.

Black Humor in Dark Times
Abdalla F. Hassan profiles Egyptian novelist Sonallah Ibrahim, a former political prisoner whose provocative novels have broken new ground in contemporary Arabic literature.

Adventures in Stasiland
Australian author Anna Funder talks to World Press Review associate editor Sarah Coleman about her book Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall, which describes how it felt to live in "the most perfected surveillance state of all time."

Interview: Jaume Vallcorba
Spanish publisher Jaume Vallcorba has championed everything from medieval poetry to the work of last year's Nobel Prize winner. In an interview with WPR correspondent Carmen Font, he explains why literary publishing still matters in a media-saturated world.

Interview: Oz Shelach
World Press Review associate editor Sarah Coleman interviews Israeli writer Oz Shelach about his work, Israeli politics, and his hopes for the future of the Middle East.

Nobel Prize Laureate Imre Kertész
Die Zeit's Iris Radisch records an intimate and wide-ranging coversation with Imre Kertész, the first Hungarian to win the Nobel Prize in literature.

Yvonne Vera: Breaking the Silence
38-year-old Zimbabwean writer Yvonne Vera is challenging taboos with her novels and introducing the continent’s public discourse to a new voice—the voice of its women. Eugene Soros reports from Harare.

Amitav Ghosh: Writing Through Turmoil
Sheela Reddy, writing for the independent New Delhi magazine Outlook, interviews acclaimed Indian writer Amitav Ghosh about the intersection of political violence and literature.

Entrepreneurism in a Cold Climate
In Siberia Bound: Chasing the American Dream on Russia's Wild Frontier, Alexander Blakely describes how he left the material comforts of the United States to promote capitalism in communist Siberia. World Press Review interviewed him about his experiences
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Russian Literary Salons
Two very different, but equally controversial Russian writers are facing criminal charges, bringing up the question of whether the literary procress and criminal trials go hand in hand, writes Ilya Milstein in Moscow's Novoye Vremya.

Weaving History
In The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer follows ancient trade routes to write about people and politics in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and India. "If you read no other nonfiction book post-Sept. 11, don’t miss this one," writes Morag Fraser of Melbourne's The Age.

Film
Silver Screen Storyteller
Actress, screenwriter, and director Aparna Sen has been a celebrated member of India’s cinema industry for four decades. Her acclaimed new film, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, is a love story that tackles the issue of religious violence in India.

Acting Out of Conviction
As antiwar sentiment mounts in Spain, the country's top artists, film stars, and directors have been staging colorful protests of their own. Mark Brown reports on a growing headache for the Aznar administration.

The Revolution Will Be Filmed
British director Ken Loach tells The New Zealand Listener's Philip Matthews about his latest film, The Navigators, which examines the mid-1990s privatization of Britain's railway system and the destruction of the railway culture that went along with it.

Where is Ten Going?
Acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami was unable to attend a screening of his film Ten at the New York Film Festival after he was denied an entry visa. Libération's Didier Peron interviews him about the movie

Eleven Filmmakers Deal With Sept. 11 Shockwaves
Le Monde reports on a commemorative film produced by 11 filmmakers from around the world, each producing a short film 11 minutes, nine seconds, and one frame long.

Hiroshima, Mon Taboo
A new Japanese movie, Nobuhiro Suwa's H Story, breaks a traditional Japanese silence about the bombing of Hiroshima, using Alain Resnais' famous Hiroshima, Mon Amour as its template. Richard Werly of Paris's Libération offers an assessment.

Vlastimil Brodsky, A Master of Czech Film
When he took his own life on April 19, 2002, veteran Czech film actor Vlastimil Brodsky was mourned equally by moviegoers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the two countries into which his homeland split in 1993. World Press Review senior editor Andrew Yurkovsky looks back on his career.

Tahmineh Milani: Filmmaker on Trial
Feminist Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani faces prosecution for her latest film, The Hidden Half. World Press Review associate editor Tekla Syzmanski takes a look at the career of this outspoken artist.

Music
Song of Zimbabwe
For over two decades, Oliver Mtukudzi's songs have guided Zimbabweans through good times and bad. These days, his message is more important than ever. World Press Review's Meron Tesfa Michael interviews Zimbabwe's pop icon.

'Shariahphrenia' Reigns in Northern Nigeria
Jean-Christophe Servant reports on the effects the imposition of a puritanical brand of Shariah law is having on northern Nigeria's traditionally lively music scene.

Kwaito, Dagga, 'Edutainment," and the Generation Gap in South Africa
Jean-Christophe Servant looks at the culture of South Africa's first post-apartheid generation and finds the imprint of new struggles.

Salif Keita's Acoustical Manifesto
In his latest album, Moffou, African musical legend Salif Keita has returned to his roots. Martine Lachaud of L’Express offers a review.

Stand Up, Africa!
A new generation of African musicians is taking a turn at political militancy through music. Gilles Médioni of Paris's L’Express looks at the careers of Femi Kuti, Tiken Jah Fakoly, and Angélique Kidjo.

Theater
Dancing for Peace
For ten years, the Ibdaa Dance Troupe has offered Palestinian teenagers a way to express their feelings through dance. Dalia Fahmy caught up with the company during its recent U.S. tour.

Nord-Ost: The First Week of a New Life
Yekaterina Kretova, writing for Novye Izvestiya, reports on the revival of the musical Nord-Ost at the site of the Moscow theater siege.

Theater of Peace
The Lysistrata Project, which began as a play reading by two actresses, has turned into a global day of theater to protest war in Iraq. World Press Review associate editor Sarah Coleman reports on the March 3 event.

Female Parts
Eve Ensler's pioneering play The Vagina Monologues has become a worldwide phenomenon in the last 5 years. But as it travels the globe, the play is garnering criticism as well as praise. World Press Review contributing editor Sarah Coleman offers an assessment.

Hitler for Children
Is the 2001 Broadway mega-hit The Producers an innocent delight, or do its values reveal the shallowness of contemporary culture? Peruvian novelist
Mario Vargas Llosa analyzes the show for Madrid's El Pais.

 




 
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