German Literature Month 2011

Below you find links to Lizzy’s and my posts and a list of all the participants. Those who have been highlighted regularly review German literature.

Colour code for the weeks

Week I

Week II 

Week III

Week IV

Week V

The Posts


Warm Up

Lizzy’s Introduction

Revisiting Kafka

A Fortnight in the Company of McSwiss

Week I

The Magic Mountain of German Literature

The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky

Week II 

The Magic Mountain of German Literature 2 (Translator Recommendations)

Therapy by Sebastian Fitzek

Week III

The Magic Mountain of German Literature 3 (Publisher and Author Recommendations)

Splithead by Julya Rabinowich

Week IV

Heinrich von Kleist – The Indiscernable Truth

Carsten the Trustee and Other Stories by Theodor Storm


Warm up

Caroline’s Introduction

Caroline on the Participants

Caroline on German Literature Recommendations – 20 German Novels You Must Read

Literature and War Readalong 2011 Meet German Literature Month: The Silent Angel by Heinrich Böll

Week I

14 Women Writers You Shouldn’t Miss

On the Natural History of Destruction – Luftkrieg und Literatur by W. G. Sebald

Week II

The Pharmacist by Ingrid Noll

Charlotte Link and Petra Hammesfahr

Week III

In Strange Gardens and Other Stories by Peter Stamm

Grand Hôtel – Menschen im Hotel by Vicki Baum

Week IV

Heinrich von Kleist: The Duel – Der Zweikampf

Eduard Mörike: Mozart’s Journey to Prague – Mozart auf der Reise nach Prag

The Participants and Their Posts

1morechapter – Michelle

50 Year Project – TBM Week V Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann

A Book Sanctuary – Tracey –  Week IV The Weekend by Bernhard Schlink Week V The Artificial Silk Girl by Imgard Keun

A Common Reader – Tom C Effi Briest Review – Week II After Midnight by Irmgard Keun

A Hot Cup of Pleasure – Neer Introduction Week I Wishlist Week IV The Reader by Bernhard Schlink Week V Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck – The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller

Andrew Blackman – Andrew Blackman

Ardent Reader – Christina Week I Reading plans

A Work in Progress – Danielle Announcement, Introduction with 13 choices Week I – Plans for German Lit Month 

Week III The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel Week IV Journey into the Past by Stefan Zweig – Head Count by Ingrid Noll – April in Paris by Michael Wallner

Beauty is a Sleeping Cat – Caroline

Book Around the Corner – Emma – Introduction with choices Week I – Fame by Daniel Kehlmann

Week II The Passport by Herta Müller  – Letters to Lou Andreas-Salomé by Reiner Maria Rilke –  Therapy by Sebastian Fitzek

Week III Short Stories by Stefan Zweig Week IV Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane  – Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth – My Mother’s Lover by Urs Widmer Week V German Literature Month Wrap up

BookeyWookey – Ted – Week III The Artificial Silk Girl by Irmgard Keun

Books Without Any Pictures – Grace – Introduction Week III The Trial by Kafka

Caravana de Recuerdos – Richard – Week III Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann Week IV The Duel by Kleist


chasing bawa – sakura – Week I Dark Matter by Juli Zeh – Introduction Week V A Woman in Berlin by Anonymous

Curious Incidents in the North East – Katie Introduction

Dr Ruth Martin – Ruth Martin

Dr. K  – ludogutten – Who is Thomas Bernhard?

Everybookhasasoul – Sara Introduction with choices Week IV The Devil’s Elixirs by E.T. A. Hoffmann – The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe – The Black Spider By Jeremias Gotthelf

Farm Lane Books – Jackie Introduction Week I Plans for November – Death of the Adversary by Hans Keilson Week II The Sinner by Petra Hammesfahr

Week III On Jelinek’s the Piano Teacher and Grass’ The Tin Drum

His Futile Preoccupations – Guy Savage Introduction with choices Week I On Goethe’s Elective Affinities – On Goethe’s Elective Affinities Part II

Week II Elective Affinities by Goethe Week III Where Do We Go From Here? by Doris Dörrie – The Snowman by Jörg Fauser – The Duel by Kleist

in lieu of a field guide – Rise –Introduction with choices and links to older posts Week I Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck

Week II The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll  Week III Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

Iris on Books – Iris

Leben, Kochen, Bier u. Fussball – Harvey – Week I Introduction with choices

Leroyhunter – Week V Michael Kohlhaas by Kleist

Lizzy’s Literary Life – Lizzy Siddal

Mar gheall ar a léim – Eibhlin – Introduction, Introduction 2– Week I  – Eibhlin’s reading plans Week IV Narziss and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse Week V Wrap up

Polychrome Interest – Novroz  – Week IV The Sandman by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Reader in the Wilderness – Judith Introduction with choices

Read, Ramble – Fay – Introduction with proposed reading Week I Herta Müller – Land of Green Plums Week III Poems by Rilke

Rikki’s Teleidoscope – Rikki – Introduction Week I The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky – Week III Maybe This Time by Alois Hotschnig Week IV Der heilige Eddy von Jakob Arjouni

seraillon – Scott W.  – Week III Beautiful Days – Schöne Tage by Franz Innerhofer

sub rosa – Sigrun Introduction with choices, Preparations on Handke, Who is Thomas Bernhard?


Susie Bookworm – Susanna P – Week I German Lit Month Kick off – Week II After Midnight by Irmgard Keun Week IV The Threepenny Opera by Bertold Brecht – Collection of short reviews on Goethe, Nietzsche, Klaus Mann and others – Lotte in Weimar by Thomas Mann

Tabula Rasa – Priya Introduction with possible choices – Week I – Plans Week II Perfume by Patrick Süskind and Mozart auf der Reise nach Prag by Eduard Mörike Verbrechen aka Crime by Ferdinand von Schirach  Week III Hotel Savoy by Joseph Roth Week V Mein Name sei Gantenbein by Max Frisch – Wrap up

The Argumentative Old Git  – Himadri Week V Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane

The Children’s War – Alex Baugh – Week I The Oppermann’s by Lion Feuchtwanger Week III Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner – A Song For Summer by Eva Ibbotson Week IV When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr Week V Dark Hours by Gudrun Pausewang

The Parrish Lantern – Parrish – Week I On The Joys of Morphinism by Fallada Week III The Faber Book of 20th Century German Poems

The Reading Lives – Mel u – Week I – Announcing German Literature Month and Short Story by Gerstacker Week IV Short Stories by Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann – The Jew’s Beech Tree by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff  – The Story of Hyacinth and Roseblossom by Novalis

Time’s Flow Stemmed – Anthony – Introduction and reading plans,  Introduction Part II

Week II Elective Affinities by Goethe – The Judge and the Hangman by Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck Week III Old Masters by Thomas Bernhard Week IV Betrothal in San Domingo by Kleist – Kleist’s Enigmatic Quality

Tony’s Reading List – Tony Introduction with choices Week I Eery, Austria (Alois Hotschnig – Maybe This Time) – All the Lights by Clemens Meyer

Week II And Didn’t Say A Word by Heinrich Böll and Flagman Thiel by Gerhart Hauptmann – Conrad Ferdinand Meyer – The Shot From the Pulpit  and Jeremias Gotthelf  The Black Spider 

Week III Das Schloss – The Play Act One  – Das Schloss – The Play Act Two  – Das Schloss – The Play Act Three Das Schloss – The Play (Director’s Cut) Week IV Michael Kohlhaas by Kleist – The Earthquake in Chili and The Marquise of O. By Kleist Week V Dream Novella by Arthur Schnitzler – Chess by Stefan Zweig – Der Sonntag and dem ich Weltmeister wurde von Christian Delius – Wrap up

Tortoisebook -Liz – Week I German Literature Month Plans Week II  Weekly update–  Perfume by Patrick Süskind Week III The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe

Vishy’s Blog – Vishy Introduction with choices Week I A Wide Range of German Short Stories Week II Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink  – The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm Week III Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann Week IV The Duel by Kleist – Week V Michael Kohlhaas by Kleist – The Sandmann (Hoffmann) The Jew’s Beech (Droste-Hülshoff) and The Beggar Woman of Locarno (Kleist)

Who Killed Lemmy Caution? – Daryl – Introduction Week III Review on Its Way Week IV Impressions on Klausen by Andreas Maier

Winstonsdad’s Blog – Stu Introduction with list and reading plans  – Week I – Nadirs by Herta Müller – The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind – Jarmila by Ernst Weiss –  A Perfect Waiter by Alain Claude Sulzer Week II The Wall Jumper by Peter Schneider – Homo Faber by Max Frisch

Wuthering Expectations – Amateur Reader (Tom)  –Introduction with choices focusing on plays – Week I Gerhart Hauptmann Flagman Thiel –  Gerhart Hauptmann-Before Daybreak – GerhartHauptmann’s characters Week II  Max and Moritz by Wilhelm Busch – Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind

Week III La Ronde/Der Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler Week IV The Burghers of Calais by Georg Kaiser

Posts From Non-Participants

love german books – Kid – On German Literature Month

The Victory Stitch – Peggy  If I were reading

Effi Briest Readalong

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The Silent Angel Literature and War Readalong Meets German Literature Month

Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat)

Christina (Ardent Reader)

Fay (Read, Ramble)

Lizzy (Lizzy’s Literary Life)

Rise (in lieu of a field guide)

Tony (Tony’s Reading List)

The Giveaways

Effi Briest until Sunday 9th October

Effi Briest Sign up and Giveaway Results

Kleist Novellas until Sunday 16th October

Kleist Novellas – The Winner

Contemporray German Fiction Giveaway

Erpenbeck, Meyer, City-Lit Giveaway

Erpenbeck, Meyer, City-Lit Berlin Giveaway The Winners

Personal Favourites Joseph Roth, Irmgard Keun, Christa Wolf Giveaway

Personal Favourites Joseph Roth, Irmgard Keun, Christa Wolf Giveaway – The Winners

Heinrich Böll Giveaway

Jakob Arjouni Giveaway

Deutschleser inklusive

Pick and Mix Classics


Week I Wrap-up

Week II Wrap-up

This and That

Week I

Melville House Press on What to drink when reading Heinrich Böll 

The Millions announce German Literature Month

kulturplease announces German Literature Month

59 thoughts on “German Literature Month 2011

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  9. Just a query not to you but to Tabula Rasa, with hope she sees it here. Tried but couldn’t comment on her blog pressed the appropriate button & nowt much happens. Thanks Parrish.

  10. I’ve received your comment all comments are moderated, because of a spam problem I had but I’ve got an app on my phone so I normally check & post them quite quickly, as I’m made aware of them thru being notified on my phone. Thanks for getting back to me.

    • It went all weird for a moment saying I wasn’t allowed to comment, then it reappaeard and disappeared. I realized, I do have Priya’s e-mail of course. I need to send her a message. She changed her blog a week back and now commenting doesn’t work anymore.

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  15. I feel like a pest, but I meant Emil and the Detectives to be for week 2, when we read crime stories. I am reading an Eva Ibbotson for the Austrian author for week 3, and hope to post about it in a day or two.
    Thanks for your nice comment about Kästner.

    • I know but I did include it in week III so it will get mentioned in this week’s wrap up. Else it would have slipped by unnoticed. I’m looking forward to your Eva Ibbotson review. I usually enjoy her books a lot but haven’t read any of her children’s books – if it is that what you will review.

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      • Yeah he does but I had a post with Germany as It’s subject so I thought I’d ask, will post it separately in a couple of weeks.
        PS. It’s a great tale, so if you get the chance to read the book, do so.

        • I just realized there is another of our participants (Neer) who read and reviewed it but didn’t include it in the books of German Literature Month…
          I bought it a while back but then suddenly started doubting it and never read it. Good to know, you liked it, I’m tempted now. I’ll be interested to read your review.

          • Dear Caroline

            The Book Thief was the book I had in mind when I asked whether one could include books written in English, but primarily set and associated with Germany, in this event. The impression that i got was that books had to be originally written in German so I didn’t include it in the books of GLM. if there is change in rules, I can gladly include it. And yes, you should read it. It just grows on you.

            And finally, here is (my long delayed) review of The Reader


            Almost at the end of Visitation now.

            • Neer, Parrish decided not to include it and I wasn’t aware when I told him that you had read it in parallel – not meaning to include it. I would prefer to stick to the language rule or we will end up with all sorts of book set in Germany and not even touching on German history. I got the Book Thief, thanks for the nudge.
              Thanks for the review. I hope you get along with Visitation. Not everybody likes it.

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    • It’s wonderful that you reviwed this, sakura. I want to read as well. I saw the movie and it’s fantastic. I think memoir can/should be included in literature anyway.

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