Category Archives: Books in German

Stille Zeile 6 by Monika Maron- a DDR chamber piece.

This apparently simple unassuming story is set almost entirely inĀ  East Berlin’s Pankow district and told from the point of view of a middle aged woman : it tells the tale of a woman who takes on a part time … Continue reading

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Wie hoch die Wasser steigen- Anja Kampmann

Anja Kampmann’s novel, shortlisted for the Leipzig Book Prize this year, 2018, tells an unusual story in a fresh and lyrical voice. The novel starts with a tragic accident on an oil rig off the coast of North Africa. The … Continue reading

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Hain- Grove- by Esther Kinsky

Esther Kinsky’s most recent book, Hain, is part memoir, part nature and travel writing, but it is also a meditation on death. The three sections of the book each describe journeys made in different parts of Italy when the writer … Continue reading

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Paula by Sandra Hoffmann- A family memoir.

This is a memoir about the life of the narrator’s grandmother, Paula. We know from the beginning that Paula’s main feature was her silence, a silence which was not a neutral state of peace and quiet, but was experienced by … Continue reading

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Gehen, ging, gegangen- Go, went, went by Jenny Erpenbeck.

Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel, now available in English translation by Susan Bernofsky, explores the plight of refugees in Germany today. Told from the point of view of Richard, a retired academic, who befriends a group of refugees, the novel relates … Continue reading

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Die Koenigin schweigt- The Queen is silent- by Laura Freudenthaler with Sample Translation

This moving debut novel by the Austrian writer Laura Freudenthaler describes the life of the elderly and ailing Fanny, through her memories, conversations and stories she has told over years to her granddaughter. The vivid depiction of people and situations … Continue reading

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Die Mittagsfrau-The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck- translated by Anthea Bell.

As little Peter is woken up by a ray of sunshine falling across his bed, to the morning call of seagulls and his neighbour singing softly, we are drawn into the intimacy of his world in a town near the … Continue reading

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