Derivation of the Latin word littera, the “letter”

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The word literature is a derivation of the Latin word littera, the “letter,” which only became fashionable in the early modern period. The plural litterae acquired its own meanings as early as antiquity as “written material,” “documents,” “letters,” “learning,” “science(s).” In French and English, this meaning was retained in the terms lettres and letters as a synonym for “science”.

Readings and lectures during the Leipzig Book Fair

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Readings and lectures during the Leipzig Book Fair

Book fairs such as those in Leipzig or Frankfurt, but also increasingly publishers and even smaller bookstores, organize readings primarily for marketing reasons in order to present a newly published book to a broad public and promote it.

A meeting with Ottilie PfefferMinze - Actually!

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A meeting with Ottilie PfefferMinze - Actually!

Open and curious, the eye wanders from the cover of the book to the original and a certain similarity to the original can hardly be denied: Ottilie PfefferMinze, real name Anne Schwede.

Leipzig Book Fair: “The Noise of Life” – Jörg Hartmann

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Leipzig Book Fair: “The Noise of Life” – Jörg Hartmann

Many of us are very familiar with the always grumpy, bad-tempered and always up for subtle attacks, detective chief inspector and chief investigator Peter Faber of the Dortmund crime scene, at least in his role as this, which has been flickering across the screens since 2012.

Reflection: “Media and Freedom” conference in Izmir

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Reflection: “Media and Freedom” conference in Izmir

We were only too happy to accept the invitation of the Goethe Institute in Izmir to take part in the conference “Media and Freedom”, which, to get a quick conclusion, was both in terms of timing and due to the current relevance of the Mohammed caricatures and the currently discussed film “Innocence of Muslims” and the content of the selection of speakers from Turkey and Germany could not have been better.

Nevfel Cumart - co-author and reviews

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Nevfel Cumart - co-author and reviews

We, the entire Alaturka editorial team, are very pleased to be able to introduce you, dear readers of the portal, to another co-author, Nevfel Cumart, who will present books, stories or poetry by Turkish or German-Turkish authors in the future.

Max - the blackbird chick - Werner Koschan

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Max - the blackbird chick - Werner Koschan

Whit Monday evening around 9:30 p.m., Night is slowly falling. My wife and I retreated to the living room after a wonderful day that we spent almost entirely in the garden. It has become noticeably damp outside.

Of the Unrighteousness of God - Nevfel Cumart

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Of the Unrighteousness of God - Nevfel Cumart

Mathias Enard's adventure and bildungsroman takes place around the Mediterranean Sea and addresses the current crises in Islamic societies - A review by Nevfel Cumart

Tulumba Pastries and The Idecik Saints

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Tulumba Pastries and The Idecik Saints

It's Santa Claus. This date is also honoured at home by Filiz Penzkofer - although her Bavarian father knows other traditions than what the Turkish grandmother makes of this Christian festival.

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