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A Lost Youth

The Sad Geraniums by Wolfgang Borchert
Translated by Keith Hamnett

Ah, the joys of charity stores and random finds! :) I was browsing recently in the Oxfam and came across this pretty little volume, a Calder and Boyars book from 1974. 633 more words

Wulf Dorn 'Cold Silence'

Wulf Dorn’s psyco-thrillers have been translated into French, Italian and Spanish amongst others but as yet not into English.

This is a thriller whose dénouement is explained by one of its protagonists as a quote from Nietzsche “Normally he said I like so start my lectures with a quote, the words of Nietzsche Seem to me in this instance to be quite appropriate ‘history belongs to the living in three ways: it belongs to him because he is active and has ambition; because he preserves and he worships; because he suffers and needs release’.”*** 267 more words


The Collini Case - Ferdinand von Schirach (trans. Anthea Bell)

For German Lit Month 2012 I read Ferdinand von Schirach’s collection of crime short stories Crime & Guilt largely based on his experiences as one of Germany’s most prominent defence lawyers.   241 more words


The New Sorrows of Young W - Ulrich Plenzdorf

As the final week of GLM V dawns, it’s time for me to join Poppy’s Novella November. I will devote the whole of this week to the form, and I suspect much of it to Pushkin Press, who publish a rather fine line in German novellas. 684 more words

German Literature

'Aller Liebe Anfang' ('The Start of Love') by Judith Hermann (Review)

There have been several reviews of new(ish) German-language releases on the blog over the past few months.  There was Jenny Erpenbeck’s timely novel about refugees, … 1,170 more words


The Poggenpuhl Family: Theodor Fontane

Back to German Literature Month and another novella from Theodor Fontane. This time it’s The Poggenpuhl Family, the story of an aristocratic Berlin family fallen on hard times after Major von Poggenpuhl died an “ 764 more words


The Seven Years Enchantment

The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

“The Magic Mountain” was one of the books I considered reading for The 1924 Club but didn’t for a couple of reasons: firstly, I didn’t own a copy, and secondly, it’s over 700 pages long… However both those issues were resolved – I was lucky enough to win a copy of “The Magic Mountain” from lovely… 1,673 more words