»When I hear someone judge countries or people in broad strokes (black or white), I don’t think for a moment whether these judgements are right or wrong, because it’s really not worthwhile. Instead, I wonder about the mind set and morals of a person who utters such judgements.«
Ivo Andrić, Signs by the Roadside
»Kad slušam tako nekog kako daje opšte i uopštene sudove (crno ili belo) o zemljama ili narodima, ja nijednog trenutka ne mislim o tačnosti ili netačnosti tih sudova, jer to zaista ne vredi, nego se pitam kako je stalo sa razumom i moralom toga koji te sudove daje.«
Ivo Andrić, Znakovi kraj puta
Founded in 2003 by German publisher Monika Schoeller (15 September 1939 – 17 October 2019), the S. Fischer Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of international cultural exchange initiatives, specifically in the field of literature. The Foundation’s eponymous patron, Samuel Fischer, was chosen as he embodies its core value: to disseminate the humanist spirit of authors such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Sigmund Freud, Henrik Ibsen, Franz Kafka, and Thomas Mann.
In line with its mission statement to promote cultural exchange, the S. Fischer Foundation has supported translators and translations of contemporary German literature in Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey since 2003. In 2008, in a private-public partnership, it initiated TRADUKI, a European network for literature and books, which encompasses Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Since 2012, the S. Fischer Foundation also organises the series DEBATES ON EUROPE together with the German Academy for Language and Literature and the Allianz Cultural Foundation.
In addition, the S. Fischer Foundation manages the literary estates of several renowned writers and authors, including Wolfgang Hilbig and Hubert Fichte, as well as the estate of photographer Leonore Mau. In cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Foundation is currently collaborating on the project Love and ethnology. The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity (after Hubert Fichte). Together with the German Literature Archive Marbach, the Foundation also funds historical research projects focusing on literature and culture.
Debates on Europe