Category Archives: Books in German

Ein schönes Paar- a Handsome Couple by Gert Loschuetz

I hadn’t come across Gerd Loschütz before but was curious about this book after hearing it reviewed on the Büchermarkt podcast and recommended by the proprietor of the Botnanger Buchladen, my favourite German indie bookshop . It was said to … Continue reading

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The importance of memory and memorialization in today’s Europe- Les Amnesiques by Geraldine Schwarz.

How timely to be reading this book over the same weekend that has seen over 100,000 people marching in Berlin, protesting against xenophobia and the rise of the far right. Les Amnésiques, recently published in Germany as die Gedächtnislosen, examines … Continue reading

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Die Liebe unter Aliens by Terezia Mora

I really enjoyed this latest collection of short stories by the Hungarian born German writer Terezia Mora, who has just this year, 2018, been awarded the prestigious Georg Büchner Prize for German-language literature. The protagonists of these stories are often … Continue reading

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All that glitters is not gold… Alles was glaenzt by Marie Gamillscheg.

This debut novel by the Austrian writer Marie Gamillscheg spoke to me as soon as I heard it was about a former mining community in decline: I’ve hugely enjoyed reading accounts of mining communities in novels by Ralph Rothmann and … Continue reading

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Schildkroetensoldat-Tortoise Soldier- by Melinda Nadj Abonji

This slim novel, which has just won the ZKB Schiller Award 2018, is set in the Balkans at the outbreak of war. It’s the story of  Zoli, a young man who suffered head injuries after falling from his father’s motorbike … Continue reading

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Sie kam aus Mariupol- Natascha Wodin

After years of trying to find out more about her Ukrainian mother, who died when she was only 10 years old, Natascha Wodin idly types her name one late summer night into a Russian search engine. To her amazement, for … Continue reading

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Looking forward, looking back- a Janus moment in German Literature?

When I recently attended a meeting at the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin I had the good fortune to hear the well known German critic Meike Feβmann discuss new trends in contemporary German literature. She thought new writing in German was moving … Continue reading

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