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MODERN TIMES's critics write about literature
(international political prose, ethical and existential themes, as well as some fiction)
- reviews of around 15 books each month.

The moment of freedom

EUROPE: Bjørneboes svarte humor er dialektisk tenkning over det usentimentale menneskeverds betingelser. Den rammer med sin kynisme de blåøyde og anstendige massemordere av vanlig barbariske moraltype.'

“It would is not over. Long live what it would be! ”

NATURE: The attempt to control nature's wildness locally has created uncontrolled effects globally. Do we have to freeze and sweat more in the future, or is civilization far wilder?

The art of keeping the people down

THE AUTHORITY: Authoritarian leaders only follow the Constitution as long as they profit from it.

The fires are natural for the landscape!

The ecology of the landscape: Who is responsible for the fires? With this year's forest fire season in California and Oregon, are we witnessing a new kind of "cultural disaster"?

Defense speech for the small eyes of the airspace

AIR SPIES: Drones are not only the tools of power, but also of counter-power. They can be airspace hackers and can be used in the good service.

A giant pyramid game

THE FINANCIAL WORLD: Do the authors of Sabotage manage to explain how the interaction between the authorities, central banks and banking and financial institutions works?

Slavery belongs to history - racism is timeless

ANTIRASISM: In the 1700th century, it was a good shop to capture people as slaves and commodities. In the 19th century, slavery was abolished. In the world of Ibram X. Celebrity, captivity still exists - every time we fail to protest against racism.

Bjørneboe's perhaps the rarest book

PROHIBITED BOOK: Red Emma is Bjørneboe's scenic story about the anarchist Emma Goldman and her faithful «fellow soldier», Alexander Berkman.

Violence is politicized, and politics becomes violence

VIOLENCE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: The world is violent. Do we get bogged down by the rhetoric of violence?

How to live in a world where the very unfolding of life causes violence?

FICTION: In Kiøsterud's quiet recluse novel, life is weighed against the pain in a quest for reconciliation. Nature remains silent and ambiguous, even when the protagonist tries to step aside with his demands for meaning.

Dreams of freedom and irresponsibility

HYDRA: Axel Jensen, Marianne Ihlen and Leonard Cohen in a new perspective. Polly Sampson's new book is a feminist correction of mythologized authors.

The biggest narcissist in the room

JUMPED OF: Former Security Adviser John Bolton hastens to shape his legacy, while securing plenty of enemies with his White House revelations.

Low crisis awareness and unresolved climate challenges

CRISIS: The state's crisis management is not enough, as Norway as an oil-producing nation ignores the recommendations that the oil should remain in the ground.

The Norwegian double standard

ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEERS: The story of the history of Norwegian environmental thinking is an ambivalent portrait of Norway's imagined role as an environmental nation.

Food is never just about food

FOOD GLOBALIZATION: When goods are constantly crossing borders. What the corona pandemic can teach us about ourselves and the world we live in.

The drop that causes the cup to overflow

resurrection: The three books are equal parts revolutionary manifestos for those who want an analysis of the state of affairs, and strategic manuals for those who have already taken to the streets and revolted.

The experience of the world

dystopic: Who is locked inside without knowing it, who is outside in the open? Who is free to ask the important questions?

The eerie valley on the west coast of the United States

TECH-Arbejder: Anna Wiener was seduced by Silicon Valley's future promises and tried to suppress her resistance impulses until it all one day became too meaningless.

The question of technique

Things are starting to behave. But the fact that things around us are getting smarter does not necessarily mean that we ourselves are getting smarter, quite the contrary.

A manifesto for democracy and human rights

REBEL: Joshua Wong started a protest movement against the Chinese authorities, but was refused to stand for election in Hong Kong.

The age of panic

KATE stanza: We humans have lost control of the development we have initiated. The catastrophe is a warning that comes too late, and the elites make themselves unresponsive to the danger signals. Can we avoid panicky escape from the common problems?

The void after father

Fathers missed: Sibylle Lacan, daughter of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, tells of a sore father relationship in this short but strong memoir.

The poet and thinker are individually orchids

cultural history: Celan wanted Heidegger to apologize for supporting Adolf Hitler. With such thinkers, how can they contribute to a society at par with human potential?
Book tips for the summer. (Photo: Pixabay)

Recommended literature this summer

Book tips MODERN TIMES's critics and editors recommend books for the summer holidays.

The borderland is militarized

NECRO STATE CITIZENSHIP: Much has been made of Trump's "beautiful" wall, but the borderland between the United States and its neighbor to the south has been militarized and cut up by fences and walls for more than a decade.
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