Expressen - Sweden | 27/08/2015

Author of Millennium 4 not evil

David Lagercrantz's book The Girl in the Spider's Web was launched worldwide on Thursday. The author of the sequel to Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy has been been accused in his home country Sweden of trying to capitalise on the literary legacy of author Larsson, who died in 2004. But critics go too far when they depict Lagercrantz as unscrupulous, the liberal tabloid Expressen writes: "The Millennim books are entertainment literature whose goal is to sell and at best give readers a few deeper insights to chew on. They have nothing to do with the brilliantly fragile prose of a Nobel Prize contender, but rather with a genre that thrives on an entirely different set of mechanisms. And no one, not even Stieg Larsson's partner Eva Gabrielsson [also a critic of Millennium 4], can know how Stieg Larsson himself would have wanted to see his legacy passed down after his death." (27/08/2015)

i - Portugal | 25/08/2015

IS destroys monument of ancient civilisation

The 2000-year-old temple of Baal Shamin in the ruined city of Palmyra, one of Syria's most important monuments, has been destroyed by the terrorist militia IS. UNESCO has categorised the act as a war crime. The liberal daily i is also shocked: "Whilst all over Europe (and not only there) remarkable efforts and massive investments have been made in order to save endangered monuments, the exact opposite happens in other parts of the world: there are those who are trying to delete all traces of history with all means available to them. Following Mosul, the IS has now turned to Palmyra to apply its miserable barbaric principles. … But what is it about ancient ruins that the radicals find so disturbing? What is it about buildings and statues that cannot defend themselves? … They are monuments to a superior degree of civilisation that stands in stark contrast to a regime guided by barbaric principles. And it is this superiority that is so unbearable for the fanatics of IS." (25/08/2015)

Trouw - Netherlands | 10/08/2015

Music culture also needs noisy festivals

A growing number of Amsterdam residents are complaining about the noise pollution caused by the city's many music festivals. But particularly the late-60s festival generation should show more understanding, the Christian-social daily Trouw argues: "Of course critics are right to point out that a huge number of summer events involving masses of people and lots of noise have been organised. This year will see almost 300 in Amsterdam alone. Above all the droning bass rhythms of the dance festivals are a source of irritation. But as long as the municipalities make sure the noise level goes down at the agreed time, people should be able to put up with it. ... Real noise pollution must be fought, but citizens must also be flexible and not so quick to complain. Festivals need room for for the music culture to thrive. The Woodstock generation in particular should understand that." (10/08/2015)

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