Beginning in 1912, the German-Jewish art historian and writer Carl Einstein (1885–1940) worked for Franz Pfemfert’s expressionist magazine Die Aktion. For the European literary and expressionist avant-garde, he took some of the most original positions with his texts and works from the very beginning.

Gottfried Benn praised Bebuquin, Einstein’s anti-novel first published in 1912, as “absolute prose” and noted, “he had something going for him, he was far at the top.”

Einstein was one of the first art historians to deal intensively with the “Art of the Primitives,” publishing the books Negerplastik (1915) and Afrikanische Plastik (1921). Already in Negerplastik

Emergencies of education, infrastructure, refugees, the climate, the environment, resources, the growth economy and, of course, the work that depends on it: the inflation of the recorded emergencies marks the Epoch Splinter Break as the end of the stories in which people worldwide dream of participating in the prosperity of growth societies. The narrative of growth as the goal of history, in which we are embedded with our life stories, has come to an end. Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated in an interview: “We need a more sustainable lifestyle. …

Dirk de Pol

Dirk writes on philosophy, literature, media and health. His latest book is Epochensplitterbruch. He blogs on, and

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