Category Archives: Books in German

Die Bagage- The Riff-Raff- by Monika Helfer

This is the story of  Maria Moosbrugger, a young Austrian woman, married with 4 children living in a rural community in Austria at the outbreak of the First World War. We’re told early on that Maria is the writer’s grandmother: … Continue reading

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Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann- Power and Performance- translated by Ross Benjamin.

Daniel Kehlmann’s latest novel Tyll, translated into English by Ross Benjamin, has been shortlisted for this year’s 2020 Booker International Prize. This prize acknowledges the skilful and creative art of translation by rewarding the author and translator equally. I read … Continue reading

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Irgendwo in diesem Dunkel-Somewhere in this Darkness- by Natascha Wodin

Irgendwo in diesem Dunkel is a sequel, and a complement, to Natascha Wodin’s prize- winning memoir of her mother, Sie kam aus Mariupol. In that book, which won the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2017, she recounts the life of … Continue reading

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My 10 Peak Reads of 2019

How hard to sift through the brilliant books I’ve read this year to find my top favourites- but here they are, some well known prize winners, some more personal choices, all of them books which have resonated with me this … Continue reading

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Riveting Germans: Writers and translators reflect 30 years after the fall of the Wall.

I was thrilled to hear about this event, Riveting Germans: After the Wall, hosted by Rosie Goldsmith of the European Literature Network and featuring, among others, one of my favourite German writers, Julia Franck. ( Her novel The Blind Side … Continue reading

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Berlin Alexanderplatz, by Alfred Doeblin translated by Michael Hofmann- German Readalong

I was drawn to taking part in this Readalong because I got a huge amount out of reading The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth with the German Readalong in Spring 2019- and Berlin Alexanderplatz was one of those novels in … Continue reading

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Marzahn mon Amour- Chiropodist Tales by Katja Oskamp.

The district of Marzahn, in north east Berlin, is known primarily for its vast Plattenbausiedlung- prefabricated public housing complex- built in 1977 under the DDR- German Democratic Republic. Its towers and walkways, green spaces and wind tunnels, form the backdrop … Continue reading

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