Category Archives: Books in German

Letti Park- Judith Hermann

I first came across Judith Hermann some years ago when reading her début short story collection Sommerhaus, später. Imagine how pleased I was then to come across her latest collection, Letti Park, when having the time of my life browsing … Continue reading

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Unterleuten by Juli Zeh

This great novel by Juli Zeh is set in the village of Unterleuten in Brandenburg, one of the former East German Bundesländer. Situated as it is about one hour’s drive north of Berlin Unterleuten seems an ideal spot for Berliners … Continue reading

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Ostende 1936, Sommer der Freundschaft- Volker Weidermann

This book has been recently published in English as ‘Summer before the Dark’. It’s an account of the friendship between the Austrian writers Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth and the summer they spent together in 1936 in Ostend, in exile … Continue reading

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The Old King in his Exile- by Arno Geiger, translated by Stefan Tobler

This moving and insightful book relates the slow decline of the author’s father over several years as he suffers from dementia. The beauty of the narrative lies in the way the author roots his father so firmly in the Austrian … Continue reading

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The Empress and the Cake by Linda Stift, translated by Jamie Bulloch

Don’t be fooled by the sugar pink cover and even handed title of this beautifully presented book from Peirene: this not a sweet read and, though part of the fairy tale series, to my mind belongs to the darker of … Continue reading

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der geteilte Himmel- They divided the Sky- by Christa Wolf

I really enjoyed this novel, renowned for being one of the best works of the East German writer Christa Wolf and for its portrayal of East Germany in the period leading up to 1961. The writer Christa Wolf has been … Continue reading

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The Proletarian Poet- Junges Licht by Ralf Rothmann.

If this novel is anything to go by, the sobriquet ‘proletarian poet’  ( referred to by Alexandra Roesch in New Books in German ) fits Ralf Rothmann like a glove: ‘Junges Licht’ is set in a working class milieu in the … Continue reading

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