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Write Me a River: How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

With the rough time I’ve had with reading this month, my German literature project almost got off to a rough start. But I didn’t want to start… 704 more words

Contemporary Fiction

Saša Stanišić Is January's Pick for 12 Germans in 2016

I’ve decided to start my year of German literature with Saša Stanišić’s Wie der Soldat das Grammofon Repariert. The English title is a verbatim translation: … 377 more words


Come Sweet Death by Wolf Haas

I enjoyed the first two Simon Brenner novels, I’m sure of it.  I remember loving the way they were narrated–a third person narrator who referred to himself in the first person, making little cracks about the characters as the plot went along. 326 more words

Book Review

Berlin Now: The City After the Wall by Peter Schneider

I confess–I’m secretly pleased with myself for having a book that counts towards Non-fiction November and German Literature Month at the same time.

Good for me.   348 more words

Book Review

YA Alert- The Thief Lord

I have never been one driven to be up on the latest-and-greatest in young adult literature. At the risk of sounding elitist (because it’s okay if you preface whatever you’re going to say with this fact, right?) even when I was a “young adult,” whatever that is technically considered these days, I didn’t really enjoy this type of literature. 1,466 more words

English Education

Obscenity, Feminism, and Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder never ceases to amaze me not only as a brilliant film director for his masterful direction of some of the most challenging, most brutal screenplays in New German  Wave cinema throughout the 1970s and 80s, but also as a precise craftsman of the most obscene theatrical plays, especially those of his controversial antiteater collection, six of which are published in 1986’s  495 more words


Suspicion by Friedrich Durrenmatt translated by Joel Agee

Suspicion is the second of two novels featured in The Inspector Barlach Mysteries by Friedrich Durrenmatt published by The University of Chicago Press.  Getting your hands on a copy probably won’t be easy, but it will be worth the effort.  436 more words

Book Review