Theater of Cruelty


A romantic essayist

POSTHUMOUS ESSAYS: Stian Grøgaard was looking for an authenticity that is difficult to find. At the same time, he takes the reader by surprise and sweeps him away without reservation, apology or warning.

The big backdrop world

CHINA: Yu Hua shows how today's economically controlled China of 40 years has moved from peasant society to the most economically powerful country

The brain is not alone

Siri Hustvedt goes for a feminist defense of softer metaphors in science.

Stein Mehren – cultural radicals and romantic mystics

Stein Mehren is best known for his poems, but he also stands in a special position among Norwegian post-war secessionists: awake, contentious and with a keen look at current issues.

Prologue to a policy

There are three philosophies of power that always end up surprising the status quo.

With a bang, or with a whimper?

Competition-based hedonism is well on its way to destruction, Wolfgang Streeck thinks of capitalism.

How to live together

Excerpt from a new book based on Roland Barthes: Living together all the time can become claustrophobic. But we can live side by side. 

Being trapped in a story

Two groundbreaking authors show how gender identity can be locked into societies characterized by violence and oppression.

The ontological earthquake

Freud's bourgeois paradox, the collapse of ideology, and the return of social questions to the ruling class are some of the themes in this essay collection.

The passion for the real

A tax-financed state and mass comfort based on fossil energy is the 20. the foremost hallmark of the century, according to Germany's great essayist Peter Sloterdijk.