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David Midgley

David Midgley is a fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. He has written on Arnold Zweig and the literature of the Weimar Republic.

Martin Walser

David Midgley, 8 August 2002

At the end of May, Frank Schirrmacher, an editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, declared in an open letter that he had refused to serialise Martin Walser’s novel Tod eines Kritikers, or ‘Death of a Critic’, on the grounds that it was a ‘document of hatred’, a fantasy ‘execution’ of the literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki. In Walser’s...

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