Glückliche Wirkungen [Fortunate Impacts]
»You cannot change your century, but you can stand against it and prepare fortunate impacts.«
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The desire for a better world has accompanied humanity since time immemorial. In this unique volume, Alida Bremer and Michael Krüger bring together contributions by authors and artists who, under the motto "glückliche Wirkungen" (engl.: "fortunate impacts") borrowed from Goethe, not only devote themselves to past more beautiful times, but also sketch out visions of a happier future or even trace what a good world might be in the now. Authors such as Mircea Cartarescu, Stefan Herrtmans, Serhij Zhadan, Cécile Wajsbrot or Colm Tóibín approach the topic imaginatively, ironically, dreamily or realistically and capture what moves us between freedom and security, solidarity and helpfulness, challenge and dare. A literary journey that shows how we can face the big questions of the present. This lovingly designed anthology brings together contributions from the 57 member states of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and features a foreword by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.