Category Archives: Books in German

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

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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To Die in Spring, Ralf Rothmann, translated by Shaun Whiteside.

With memorial services marking the First World War’s battle of Passchendaele and the release of Christopher Nolan’s film Dunkirk, the horrific and senseless loss of life in war has been playing on my mind. ┬áSo it seemed timely to turn … Continue reading

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August- Christa Wolf’s last short story.

August, the first short story in this slim volume of three, was written in 2011, and was the last short story written by Christa Wolf before her death in December of that year. She catapults the reader straight in to … Continue reading

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A man who falls – Ein Mann, der faellt- by Ulrike Edschmid

This is the story of a man who falls from a ladder while decorating his flat and suffers life changing injuries. At first diagnosed as paraplegic by the doctors, he regains some feeling and movement but is permanently disabled. Related … Continue reading

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