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In her personal-political book “Journal”, Carolin Emcke reflects on the exceptional year 2020.

On 22 March 2020, the German federal and state governments decide on “contact restrictions” – the new reality of the pandemic encroaches on our psychological, social, political constitution. The following day, Carolin Emcke begins her “journal”. She notes nightmares or the impossible partings from loved ones just as she analyses Europe’s nationalist reflexes and the authoritarian seduction of the virus. These are subjective, philosophical notes that trace this historical caesura. Again and again, Carolin Emcke resists the tendency to look only at her own city or region, again and again she broadens the focus, reflects on the pandemic as a global constellation – an unsparing and defenceless chronicle of a state of emergency.

Published March 2021 by S. Fischer