Category Archives: Books in German

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

This apparently simple unassuming story is set almost entirely in  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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