One of the biggest scandals in recent years has erupted in the literature world in Germany. A novel entitled 'Der Strum', in which a character penned after a famous journalist is murdered, turns out to have been written by Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper's famous Culture and Literature editor Thomas Steinfeld under the alias 'Per Johansson'. The scandal surrounding a novel written out of animosity arose from the suspicion regarding a credit printed on the book's cover.
WHY WAS PAMUK CREDITED?
The fact that the journalist murdered in the book bared a striking resemblance to Frank Schirrmacher, a co-publisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper had aroused suspicion amongst fellow journalists. When journalist's noticed that praise by Nobel Laureate award-winning writer Orhan Pamuk, which read "This is the best and most intelligent detective novel I have read in a long time" was printed on the book's cover, they appealed to S. Fischer Publications to speak with the novelist himself.
At first the press house attempted to delay the journalist's request, however in the end they simply responded by stating, "Unfortunately Per Johansson does not give interviews."
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