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Köhler, Andrea

Redakteurin NZZ; lebt in NYC

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 19/09/2013

An era ends with Reich-Ranicki's death

Germany's best known literary critic, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, died on Wednesday at the age of 93. As a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, a Jew in Germany and a sharp-tongued critic he always remained an outsider but set unique standards, the liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung observes: "Marcel Reich-Ranicki was an institution. With his death a chapter in the history of German literature, an entire era, comes to an end: that of the so-called grand critic, who answers as an individual for his judgements, preferences and mistakes. He wanted to be - and could be - as caustic as [Karl] Kraus, as ironic as [Heinrich] Heine and as elegant as [Alfred] Kerr. ... Perhaps his many caricatures are the best testimony to the importance of this master of self-caricature. Because few could match the originality of Marcel Reich-Ranicki. Pope, priest or lord of the books: perhaps it was the triumph and tragedy of this at times astonishingly sensitive man that to the end no one took his roles and self-images away from him."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 02/11/2012

Europe kept close tabs on Sandy from afar

European media reported extensively on Hurricane Sandy. Thanks to modern technology Europeans were able to keep a close eye on the events in the US - at times seeming better informed than those on location, writes correspondent Andrea Köhler in the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "The German media in paticular were often far quicker to warn of the impending disaster than our darkest apprehensions. On Saturday, when here in New York people were hardly talking about Sandy, we were already receiving worried telephone calls. ... The more unpredictable the weather conditions seemed, the clearer the picture became on the other side of the Atlantic. From Berlin my friend's worried son gave us information on the exact zones to be evacuated, while others already had detailed information about the possible consequences of the storm. Although the media here kept changing the storm's estimated time of arrival, friends in Germany gave us its exact schedule. And while from my window the Statue of Liberty seemed to swim softly in a sea of mist on the morning of the storm, my colleague in Zurich saw over a webcam how the waves were already crashing at its feet."

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