Book look: Martin Bleif

Only a few days ago, Statistik Austria reported that almost 20,000 Austrians die from cancer each year. The statistics authority added that 37,000 of the country’s eight million inhabitants are diagnosed with the disease at the same time. These figures mean that cancer is responsible for one in four deaths which occur in Austria.
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The number of people with cancer declined slightly between 2001 and 2011. At the same time, cancer killed more children and adults. Prostate cancer, lungs cancer and cancer of the intestine are the most common kinds of the disease among male Austrians. Women are majorly affected by breast cancer, intestine cancer and lungs cancer, according to official figures.

Those suffering from the “immortal disease”, their relatives and friends are often intimidated to the complexity and uncertainty of the sickness. In his new book, Martin Bleif answers the most important questions regarding the dangerous disease. He investigates whether there is any substance to widespread myths and speculations. Furthermore, he explains how cancer emerges and develops.

The internationally acknowledged cancer specialist from Germany also gives advice to affected people regarding how to deal with a cancer diagnosis. Bleif’s 500-page book offers both: substantial scientific information and empathic support.

Krebs. Die unsterbliche Krankheit
By Martin Bleif
Published by Klett-Cotta (www.klett-cotta.de)

Book look: Martin Schmidt and Kurt Schwarzer

“Farbe für die Republik” is the title of an eagerly awaited exhibition set to take place at one of Germany’s most prestigious museums.

The exhibit – which will be presented at the Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin between March and August 2014 – features hundreds of colour photographs taken during four decades in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The concept is extraordinary since most images from the country and are black and white photographs of mediocre quality.

Martin Schmidt and Kurt Schwarzer searched the archive of the museum for the best of their 1pictures. The photographers, who worked in the GDR, selected images showing women working in factories, youth football teams on the pitch, elderly hikers during an outing on a sunny day, people at the hairdresser’s and many more subjects and themes. The brilliant quality of their photographs – of which all seem to sparkle in the brightest colours – creates a certain chill considering that they were taken in a country governed in oppressive manner by a paranoid regime.

The exhibition catalogue – which is already on sale – does not only include more than 300 photos but also a foreword by Roland Jahn, the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives.

Farbe für die Republik
By Martin Schmidt and Kurt Schwarzer
Published by Quadriga (www.luebbe.de)