German Literature Month is back, this year rolling into its second decade with a new style badge, featuring the glories of Stuttgart City Library. (Link to: https://unsplash.com/s/photos/stuttgart-library ) I think you’ll agree, it is an aspirational building, with bookshelves and reading sofas to die for! It serves as a reminder to start seeking out the literary treasures, originally written in German, on your shelves, prepare your comfortable reading nook and discover some great reads during the month of November.
What are we planning this year? Like last year, there will be two parallel programs.
I will be focusing on books set during the run-up to WWII, the war itself and its aftermath, including historical fiction set during that period.
Lizzy offers a tour of German-speaking countries and more besides. All timescales, genres and destinations are valid choices provided the work was originally written in German.
Week 1 November 1-7 From or set in Austria
Week 2 November 8-14 From or set in Germany
Week 3 November 15-21 From or set in Switzerland featuring Dürrenmatt Day on 18.11.2021 to commemorate his centenary
November 22-28 Elsewhere
November 29-30 Here, There, Anywhere
In addition, there are a couple of readalongs.
11.11.2021 Inventory of Losses – Judith Schalansky (hosted by Lizzy)
26.11.2021 The Passenger – Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz (A Literature and War readalong hosted by Caroline)
As always you may take up some or all of our reading prompts or do you own thing entirely. Whatever you do, have fun. (That’s an order. )