Everything is so colorful here: an alley in Basel. Last year demonstrations of the Black Lives Matter movement took place in the Swiss city, encouraging Martin R. Dean to speak about his experiences as a “non-white” author.
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The writer Matthias Politycki recently explained why he left Germany: Politically correct language rules make it impossible for him to write. A friend and colleague answers him.
Vor recently my friend Matthias Politycki told us about his (temporary) farewell to Germany, his escape from the left-liberal Hamburg bubble, which made it impossible for him to think freely and, above all, to write. Since Nine-Eleven, he writes, the left-liberal spirit, in the name of tolerance, has become more and more intolerant and has spoiled its working material, language, through forced gendering and post-colonial ideologization. “Can one still produce literary texts in the language that the zeitgeist demands – drawing on the full, striving for truthfulness?” He asks.
Yes, you can, I would answer my friend – to still agree with him. He will withstand my contradiction without a doubt, because what unites our long-term friendship is the unconditional pleasure in thinking about German-language literature and the (contemporary) way it should react to tradition and society.