A battle in which the pen has become the sword

SomeOne over at the USGS sent along This Story from The Times on an attack on one of Germany\’s leading literary critics. A writer has taken revenge on a prominent book reviewer
by writing a novel where the reviewer is portrayed as a corrupt stereotype
in an anti-Semitic manner.
They go so far as to say Germany just now is in the grip of a tremendous literary row in which it is impossible not to take sides.