Best German/Austrian Literature
Books originally written in German, or by those born in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
1 The Metamorphosis
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2 The Trial
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 87,081 ratings
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3 All Quiet on the Western Front
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4 Faust: First Part
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 33,997 ratings
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5 Perfume: The Story of a Mur...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 120,415 ratings
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6 Buddenbrooks: The Decline o...
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7 The Magic Mountain
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 14,698 ratings
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8 The Sorrows of Young Werther
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 29,127 ratings
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9 Steppenwolf
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 55,274 ratings
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10 The Reader
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 96,012 ratings
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11 The Complete Stories
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 14,648 ratings
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12 Siddhartha
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 237,536 ratings
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13 The Tin Drum (The Danzig Tr...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 19,820 ratings
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14 Death in Venice and Other T...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 9,164 ratings
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15 The Complete Grimm's Fairy ...
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16 The Neverending Story
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 74,866 ratings
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17 Chess Story
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 8,526 ratings
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18 Narcissus and Goldmund
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 20,216 ratings
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19 Demian
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 29,066 ratings
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20 Berlin Alexanderplatz
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 2,145 ratings
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21 The Castle
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 16,082 ratings
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22 Doctor Faustus
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 4,085 ratings
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23 Effi Briest
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3.21 of 5 stars 3.21 avg rating — 3,598 ratings
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24 The Radetzky March  (Von Tr...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,912 ratings
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25 The Glass Bead Game
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 13,405 ratings
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26 The Lost Honor of Katharina...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 4,418 ratings
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27 The Man Without Qualities
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 2,117 ratings
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28 Homo Faber
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 6,133 ratings
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29 The Nibelungenlied
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 2,548 ratings
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30 Thus Spake Zarathustra
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 44,247 ratings
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31 The Threepenny Opera
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 4,471 ratings
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32 Woyzeck
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 3,057 ratings
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33 The Clown
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 7,483 ratings
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34 Austerlitz
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 5,819 ratings
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35 Wilhelm Tell
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3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 1,730 ratings
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36 Physicists
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 5,585 ratings
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37 Der Schimmelreiter
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 1,828 ratings
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38 Amerika
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 9,744 ratings
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39 Galileo
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 3,506 ratings
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40 Beneath the Wheel
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 6,007 ratings
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41 Mother Courage and Her Chil...
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42 Letters to a Young Poet
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 16,633 ratings
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43 The Piano Teacher
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 3,594 ratings
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44 The Caucasian Chalk Circle
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 2,329 ratings
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45 Duino Elegies
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 3,650 ratings
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46 Dream Story
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 3,232 ratings
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47 I'm Not Stiller
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,499 ratings
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48 The Wall
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,398 ratings
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49 Tales of Hoffmann
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 844 ratings
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50 Mephisto
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,289 ratings
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51 Der Richter und sein Henker
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 2,852 ratings
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52 Draußen vor der Tür
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,497 ratings
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53 The Rings of Saturn
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 3,734 ratings
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54 Parzival
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,503 ratings
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55 The Marquise of O— and Othe...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 829 ratings
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56 Elective Affinities
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,479 ratings
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57 The Emigrants
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 2,880 ratings
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58 The World of Yesterday
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 1,457 ratings
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59 Spring's Awakening
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 2,442 ratings
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60 Buch der Lieder
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 153 ratings
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61 Measuring the World
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 4,450 ratings
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62 Jugend ohne Gott
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 1,121 ratings
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63 Woodcutters
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 1,045 ratings
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64 Every Man Dies Alone
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 7,500 ratings
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65 Der Untertan (Das Kaiserrei...
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,134 ratings
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66 Mary Stuart
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 1,853 ratings
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67 Mario and the Magician
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 711 ratings
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68 Der Besuch der alten Dame
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 3,454 ratings
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69 Beware of Pity
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,731 ratings
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70 The Notebooks of Malte Laur...
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71 The Confusions of Young Tör...
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72 Michael Kohlhaas
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 961 ratings
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73 The Confessions of Felix Kr...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,427 ratings
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74 The Golden Pot and Other Tales
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 384 ratings
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75 Das siebte Kreuz
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 573 ratings
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76 Selected Poems and Fragments
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77 Nathan der Weise. Ein drama...
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78 Der Sandmann
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 2,250 ratings
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79 Death in Venice, Tristan, T...
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80 Irisches Tagebuch
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 468 ratings
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81 Cat and Mouse (The Danzig T...
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82 The German Lesson
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 777 ratings
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82 The Death of Virgil
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 364 ratings
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84 Gargoyles
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 569 ratings
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85 Wittgenstein's Nephew
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86 Vertigo
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87 Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 834 ratings
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88 Wilhelm Meister's Apprentic...
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89 Klingsor's Last Summer
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90 Andorra
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90 Das Boot: The Boat
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92 Nathan the Wise, Minna von ...
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93 Emil and the Detectives
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94 Fabian. Die Geschichte eine...
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95 Die Blendung
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96 Rosshalde
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,923 ratings
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97 Malina
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98 Simplicissimus Teutsch
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99 The City of Dreaming Books ...
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100 Job: The Story of a Simple Man
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Comments (showing 1-9 of 9) (9 new)

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message 1: by Clarice (new)

Clarice How about widening the circle and also including Swiss German writers, such as Duerrenmatt?




message 2: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Who wrote Antigone and the Garden Gnomes ? Loved that story. I'm wondering, as well, if there isn't somewhere a song book of all the old sentimental favorites that still get sung at Oktoberfest here in Cincinnati: Du, Du liegst mir im herzen; Du kannst mich liebe fur drei tolle Tagen; Die Lorelei; etc.


message 3: by 3535 (last edited Aug 31, 2009 11:59PM) (new)

3535 And where, may I ask, is Heinz G. Konsalik? ;D


message 4: by Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) (last edited Sep 01, 2009 06:57AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) GOOD question -- where is he indeed? ;) (And Johannes Mario Simmel, come to think of it!)


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

is The Lorelei here? I would like to vote for it.


message 6: by Kakanier (new)

Kakanier Arthur Schnitzler? Kein Arthur Schnitzler?


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Kakanier: There are several collections of works by Arthur Schnitzler on the list (currently nos. 66, 70 and 155).

Canary: Heine's "Buch der Lieder" and "Collected Poems" -- in English translation -- are on p. 2 of this list. You could vote for them ... or add a book with the ISBN no. 3446123024, which is a short book on the "Loreley" poem specifically. (I'd do it myself, but I've already exhausted my 100 permitted entries! :) )


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Themis-Athena wrote: "Kakanier: There are several collections of works by Arthur Schnitzler on the list (currently nos. 66, 70 and 155).

Canary: Heine's "Buch der Lieder" and "Collected Poems" -- in English translation..."


Thanks! I voted for it here and may try to add it by ISBN number later but not up to it tonight.
Canary Alice


message 9: by Booklovinglady (last edited Dec 27, 2013 02:49AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (currently no. 202) is not German but Dutch and should not be on this list. Apart from him being Dutch, his Praise of folly was written in Latin, as far as I know, and not in German.


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