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The end of a Faustian pact with the DPRK?


"After five and a half years in operation, the Goethe-Institut in North Korea has said it will close its reading room in the capital city of Pyongyang due to censorship concerns. The institute, a non-profit organization that promotes the study of German language and culture in 91 countries, opened the reading room in June 2004. It was the first and only Western cultural institution to establish itself in the communist country". 

Raimund Woerdemann, director of the Goethe-Institut in Seoul [said] "The building in which the reading room was located was often locked from the front," he said. "There was a permanent construction site in front of the back entrance: not a welcoming situation."


(Can I be blamed for taking the opportunity to use that headline?)

And since I'm in show off mode - just for a change - time for my favourite Faust quote, which may or may not apply to KJI:  "Es irrt der Mensch, solang er strebt".  Or 'One errs as long as one offers field guidance to the Sariwon chicken farm strives'. 

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Anonymous Frank said... 12:05 pm

I like your gender-neutral, PC translation!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:12 pm

One can't be too careful these days.....  



Anonymous Der Panzerfaust said... 12:08 pm

Sehr amusant, mein Herr!

Freitag.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:16 pm

Danke schon.  



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