FM @HeikoMaas at the opening of #fbm19: In a world that craves fast and simple answers, the slow power of literature helps to protect us from authoritarian reflexes, isolationism and simplistic answers. @Book_Fair Image
FM @HeikoMaas @Book_Fair: Reading also means taking on other people’s points of view. And that means accepting and experiencing ambiguity. Literature does not only create scope for aesthetic experimentation – it also shows us new worlds and other points of view. #fbm19 Image
Congratulations to Saša Stanišić on receiving the German Book Prize! FM @HeikoMaas: While others don’t see beyond exclusion stemming from place of birth, he writes about how arbitrary it is to reduce one’s origins to notions of the home.

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