Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des freien Falls

Summer is finally here: what better time for some reading breaks in the sun? For inspiration, The Glossa‘s German Editor Caroline Borowski reviews her favourite author’s final novel: Bilder deiner großen Liebe by Wolfgang Herrndorf: a perplexing, incomplete fragment that asks all the right questions about madness and happiness. Bilder deiner großen Liebe ist der Titel,…

Is Charlemagne French or German?

The story of Charlemagne, the first sovereign of both France and Germany, is a rich one. In this article, Deputy Editor Sarah Jones looks at Europe’s development and progression with regards to Charlemagne’s rule.  Charlemagne (c.747-851 AD), (Charles le Grand or Karl der Große) has an ambiguous place in European history. Undoubtedly the greatest European…

Und sie lachen doch

Is it a yeti? Is it a unicorn? No, it’s the German sense of humour. Many doubt its existence – so in order to convince the non-believers, The Glossa’s German Editor Caroline Borowski introduces some of the most famous faces of German comedy. Ist es ein Yeti? Ist es ein Einhorn? Nein, es ist der deutsche…

Le Classique, the Classic, der Klassiker?

The term classic is over, and often wrongly, used. Here, our French Content Editor Sarah Jones looks at what ‘classic’ really means when referring to literature, discussing a few of the common definitions and connotations which come with such a powerful word. Alexandre Cabanel’s classical painting, Phèdre (1880)   There is a fundamental problem with one of the most-used…