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Timur Vermes' "Er Ist Wieder Da" (He's Back)
Timur Vermes' "Er Ist Wieder Da" (He's Back)
Nathalie Versieux

GENEVA - He’s back. Adolf Hitler is back, in a book by Timur Vermes – a comedy in which Hitler returns to Berlin in the summer of 2011. The book, which has reached the top of the German bestseller list, is causing much controversy in a country that would rather forget it has been 80 years since Hitler rose to power on Jan. 30, 1933.

August 2011. An old man wakes up in a Berlin vacant lot. Lying on the ground, he sees only the blue sky above him, and is surprised when he hears chirping birds – signaling a pause in combat. The man has a headache; he doesn’t understand where he is or how he got there. He tries to remember what he did the day before – his amnesia cannot be explained by alcohol: the Fuhrer doesn’t drink! He searches for his faithful side-kick, Martin Bormann, to no avail.

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Return To Clay: Why An Ancient Building Material Is Back In Fashion

Concrete and glass are often thought of as the only building materials of modern architecture. But Francis Diébédo Kéré, the first African winner of a prestigious Pritzker architecture prize, works with clay, whose sustainability is not the only benefit.

Francis Diébédo Kéré extended the primary school in the village of Gando, Burkina Faso

Clara Le Fort

"Clay is fascinating. It has this unique grain and is both beautiful and soft. It soothes; it contributes to well-being..."

Francis Diébédo Kéré, the first African to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize last March, is paying tribute to clay. It's a material that he adores, which has too often been shunned and attributed to modest constructions and peasant houses. Diébédo Kéré has always wanted to celebrate "earthen architecture”: buildings made out of clay. It's a technique that has been used for at least 10,000 years, which draws on this telluric element, known as dried mud, beaten earth, rammed earth, cob or adobe.

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