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Deb | 23 comments Looking for some fiction to read that either takes place in Germany or is written by a German author BUT not about WWII or the nazi party.


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Rosemarie | 2992 comments I know you mentioned that you didn't want books relating to the war, but there is one book that I really enjoyed, in which part of it takes place during the war. It is called Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi, and has one of the most memorable heroines in Trudi Montag.


message 3: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (last edited Jul 26, 2017 07:46PM) (new)

Diane | 12835 comments Deb wrote: "Looking for some fiction to read that either takes place in Germany or is written by a German author BUT not about WWII or the nazi party."

What genres do you like to read? There is a surge of new (or newly translated) authors hailing from Germany. There are also many good classic authors to check out.

Some contemporary German authors:
Sascha Arango
Jakob Arjouni
Carina Bartsch
Corina Bomann
Mechtild Borrmann
Alina Bronsky
Ellin Carsta
Zoran Drvenkar
Kristina Dunker
Petra Durst-Benning
Jenny Erpenbeck
Hendrik Falkenberg
Sebastian Fitzek
Julia Franck
Kerstin Gier
Katharina Hagena
Dörte Hansen
Alexander Hartung
Ursula Hegi
Dora Heldt
Wolfgang Herrndorf
Daniel Kehlmann
Philip Kerr (not German, but wrote a series set there)
Monika Maron
Clemens Meyer
Nele Neuhaus
Gudrun Pausewang
Jutta Profijt
Oliver Pötzsch
Judith Schalansky
Frank Schätzing
Ferdinand von Schirach
Bernhard Schlink
W.G. Sebald
Christoph Spielberg
Botho Strauß
Patrick Süskind
Yōko Tawada
Uwe Timm
Birgit Vanderbeke
Timur Vermes
Christa Wolf


Classic authors:
Elizabeth von Arnim
Sybille Bedford
Heinrich Böll
Bertolt Brecht
Hermann Broch
Alfred Döblin
Joseph von Eichendorff
Hans Fallada
Theodor Fontane
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Günter Grass
Heinrich Heine
Hermann Hesse
Ernst Jünger
Irmgard Keun
Heinrich von Kleist
Wolfgang Koeppen
Heinrich Mann
Thomas Mann
Otfried Preußler
Erich Maria Remarque
Friedrich Schiller
Anna Seghers
Theodor Storm

All of these authors have translated work, although it may not be readily evident in their book listings. Look for other editions to find the translated versions. Happy hunting!


message 4: by Alixendra (last edited Jul 25, 2017 02:33PM) (new)

Alixendra (travel_bug) | 6 comments Are you looking for their English translations or both?

I'd recommend Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. The french also made a movie out of it at one point that was also really good and interesting.


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