Most recent article by: Claudia Kramatschek

The British-Pakistani author Nadeem Aslam at lit.cologne in Cologne (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Interview with Nadeem Aslam

Shadows of the past

"The Blind Man's Garden" is the fourth novel to be published by the British–Pakistani author Nadeem Aslam. In this book, he returns to the days, weeks and months immediately following 9/11 and relates them from the perspective of a Pakistani family that is subsequently drawn into the ensuing war in Afghanistan. Claudia Kramatschek spoke to Aslam about his new novelMore

Mohsin Hamid (photo: Jilian Edelstein)

Interview with the Pakistani Writer Mohsin Hamid

"The Markets Have Taken the Commons Over"

Mohsin Hamid's new novel tells the tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. In this interview with Claudia Kramatschek, he talks about universality, his belief in the city, and how commodities like water have become an object of speculationMore

Shereen El Feki (photo: Kristof Arasim)

Shereen El Feki's ''Sex and the Citadel''

Exploring a Sexual Minefield

Journalist Shereen El Feki feels that the taboo surrounding all subjects relating to sexuality in public discourse in the Arab world is not only an ideological deficit, but also dangerous, due to what she sees as a shocking lack of knowledge across the board. Claudia Kramatschek read her bookMore

People demonstrating their solidarity with Romani people who are threatened with deportation from Germany (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Book Review: Miltiades Oulios on deportation in Germany

The Dark Side of a Cosmopolitan and Liberal Society

According to the Cologne-based journalist Miltiades Oulios, deportation only works in an environment of intransparency. With his recently published book, he seeks to shed some light on the obscurity of this subject. Claudia Kramatschek read the bookMore

Mohammed Hanif (photo: dpa)

Interview with Mohammed Hanif

The Joys and Struggles of Everyday Life

Mohammed Hanif's first novel, A case of exploding mangoes, was a critically acclaimed success. Claudia Kramatschek met the author and spoke to him about Pakistan, minorities and his most recent novel, Our Lady of Alice BhattiMore

Detail from the cover of The Night of the Golden Butterfly (source: publisher)

Tariq Ali: ''The Night of the Golden Butterfly''

Shimmering Prose against the Clash of Civilisations

Tariq Ali has written a multi-faceted picaresque novel about Pakistan and the West. In "The Night of the Golden Butterfly", the Pakistani-British intellectual lays bare the cynical bigotries of both the western and the Muslim world, writes Claudia KramatschekMore