German Fictions

An exchange on Jacob Heilbrunn's recent portrait of Germany's new literary Right.

Issue: Winter 2000-2001

Jan-Werner Mueller:

Four years ago, Jacob Heilbrunn, writing in Foreign Affairs' November/December 1996 issue, advanced the notion that Germany was turning more nationalist with the rise of a "New Right" of young conservative intellectuals. Josef Joffe famously dismissed this diagnosis in a subsequent issue and complained about the fact that American observers simply could not accept a Germany that was ultimately "boring."

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