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The venial sin by Robert Menasse

The German Walter hallstein was among the founder fathers of Europe, probably the vergessenste. The first Commission President (1958 to 1967) lives most likely in the according in the so-called "hallstein-doctrine": According to the the Federal Republic of Germany broke off diplomatic relations with any country that recognized the GDR.

The Austrian Robert Menasse is among the Europe friends in our days probably the most prominent. The winner of the German book prize (to 2017 for the EU novel "The capital") is advertising in essays and Speeches tirelessly for more Europe: Overcoming the nation-States. Actual reference to the people already in the Region.

In a FAZ-Essay-for 2013 and later Menasse has offered the old hall stone again and again as the leniency for this purpose, including programmatic sentences like this: "The abolition of Nations is the European idea." Or this: "whatever we decide, in the newly created European institutions and to enforce, try, goal is to Overcome the Nations, and the organization of a nachnationalen of Europe."

Only: Hallstein has said these sets never.

How convenient, a pioneer, a Visionary present and to him the faint-hearted presence. Only: Hallstein has said these sets never. On 2017, the historian Heinrich August Winkler, in "the mirror has pointed out"article and Menasse according to sources interviewed. Without receiving an answer. Hallstein has not, as Menasse also claimed that his plea for the Overcoming of the Nations, of all places, in Auschwitz. In Communist Poland, 1958 – a pretty adventurous idea. Interested the but no one.

it is Only now that the Handling of the writer with fictitious quotes for excitement – in the Wake of the Claas-Relotius scandal. The Reporter for the "mirror" and many other publications has invented all the stories and their protagonists simply. "The next forgery case," was the headline of the TAZ, and the other to draw the Parallel.

but It's not. Relotius is a Journalist, he has betrayed the Ethos of journalism and the profession is harmed – that's the maximum the case could be a Wake-up call against the ill-fated slope, all as a "Story" to "manufacture". Menasse, however, is first and foremost a writer. And just as such, he will be booked for Speeches and Essays.

It's not a "fake scandal", but a Genre mix-up.

journalists need to separate "facts" and "fiction" carefully, if you should trust them. Writers you trust, even and especially when they take us in an in-between realm. In such, you can plan, as in the novel "The capital", a European anniversary celebration in Auschwitz, the impact of nationalism demonstrate. The idea has cracks Menasse, apparently, so that he also moves in Speeches and Essays. Genres in which the facts must be correct. Also the quotes.

With their Fake-Ness to face, has spoken Menasse out to be poetry preserved, and that he had cited hall, stone, mutatis mutandis: "The sense is correct. The truth is provable. The Thesis is fruitful. What is missing is literal in the Slightest: the Word." A strange sentence for a man of the word. So curious how the whole Thing: As an Intellectual who wants to bring Europe around digs, in the Speeches of a mouse-dead politician. The reason for this is that the nation-States losing skills, this did not abolish what was, at the time anyway, beyond the thought possible.

Menasse should hallstein rest and the invented quotes from a fictional politicians will give – in to his next novel. It's not a "fake scandal", but a Genre mix-up. A good Catholic is a venial sin spoken:.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 04.01.2019, 19:27 PM

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