Literary journey

Books for people who like to travel

n der Literarischen Reise zeige ich dir Bücher, die zum Reisen inspirieren. In the Literary Journey, I show you books that inspire you to travel. Real stories and no guides. Why? Sometimes one comes closest to a place through literature and poetry rather than the top 10 most visited places. As a literary scholar I go every now and then to the " literary journey ". There are books that you read and think, I also want to go there, then there are places that you visit and think, this place reminds me of a novel that I once read. Inspire books and let one dream, sometimes authors process their impressions in their novels. That's what my "literary journey" is all about, the poetry of places and landscapes. From adventure novel to love story or Kruselgeschichte , here are literary novels in the foreground.

Sometimes I mention a poem in my articles, you can also find that here or just literary pamphlets, which I recommend to travel friends. finden werdet, sind Reiseführer, und Bildbände, die findet ihr selbst in jeder Buchhandlung. What you will not find here are guidebooks, and illustrated books you can find in every bookstore. All the books and authors on this site have been read by myself, the comments are from myself and if you have a commentary on the "literary journey", I am especially happy about it!

Literary Travel - Books for people who like to travel and read

Literary trip around the world

Books by and about travelers from all over the world. World travelers. Good literature from all parts of the world.

Literary Journey to Africa - books for Africa travelers and those who dream of it

Novels from and about Africa. From native and European authors writing across the vast continent of Africa, about land and people, about adventure and observation. Historical and contemporary. For all who want to discover Africa literary.

Literary trip to Asia - books for travelers to Asia and others

Novels and stories from many different Asian countries. By Asian authors, for those who like to make a literary journey to Asia and read good stories.

Literary trip to Europe:

Spain / Barcelona

The Game of the Angel: Roman *
In his Barcelona novels Zafon leads us through the old dark streets of Barcelona. The old city appears in a scary-beautiful look and incidentally reads Zafon by itself. Books: The shadow of the wind, The game of the angel, Marina. Exciting to the last page!


Léon and Louise: novel *
Alex Capus: French contemporary history over several decades, wrapped in a touching love story, which thanks to the great storytelling at no point is cheesy. Alex Capus writes a wonderful novel that contains everything a good novel needs. Touching!

The strange career of Ms. Choi *
The strange career of Ms. Choi ; Brigit Vanderbecke: Ms. Choi opens a Vietnamese restaurant in the sleepy southern French town of Kaff, making it into the gourmet newspapers of Paris. Soon tourists come, including a Forensiker-couple, who wants to have spotted a toadstool on the plate of a guest. Who wants to disturb the idyll of Ms. Choi's restaurant, disappears. A witty satire that connects Korea with the south of France.

The perfume *
The perfume; Patrick Süßkind: The southern French city of Grasse is known for perfume production in the 18th century. Süßkind's bestseller is the ingenious "History of a Murderer". Voltage guaranteed and an interesting topic with the question, how important is the sense perception for humans? Impressive!


The most beautiful Paris novels can be found on an extra page here.

Roman Nullzeit - Sex and crime in the underwater world off Lanzarote

Author: Juli Zeh

Sven is a German dropout who has set up a diving school in Lanzarote, which he runs with his partner Antje. Antje takes care of organizing, cleaning and cooking and sometimes there is sex between the two. Sven, a well-studied lawyer, left Germany in disappointment over his professors, to keep out of everything. The unfathomable and silent depth of the ocean seems to be the perfect place for him. This concept of life works until his new student divers emerge: Jolante von der Pahlen, a well-heeled actress, who only got cheap roles in a German soap and a much older writer, who has never released anything since his first novel. The two have nothing to do in their holiday than to humiliate each other and Sven is entrained with, after all, he collects 14,000 euros fee as a diving instructor and personal supervisor, which he does not refuse even then, as he suspects the risk he takes , 2 couples on an island, it reminds me a bit of Goethe's Elective Affinities, but that's not the topic of Juli Zeh's novels. Of course Sven soon feels attracted to the beautiful Jola, who does everything to bewirken him, mainly in public, what Sven, the faithful, but only too late to notice. Soon there will be two versions of the story: Sven's and Jola's, who entrust their descriptions to their diary. The reader becomes a judge and should decide which version he wants to believe. Truth and lies mingle, one of the two lies, but who? This is July Zeh's theme in her novels. At noon, it's about a subtle game with the reader, a game to power, as in the novel play instinct * from July toe. Who has the power over whom? The reader soon realizes that Sven has power over Antje, Jola has her money with her partner Theo in her hand and at the same time Sven, whom she pays. On the other hand, of course, is the sexual power, Jola, the beautiful and two men, one old but smart, the other young but naive. Who is really a victim and who is the culprit in this love triangle? Already during the plot, there are attempts to assassinate, at the end there is a clear assassination attempt and now it has become clear to Sven: Keeping out is not possible in this world. No Deco is an intelligent novel, a psychological thriller that contains everything a good book needs: excitement from the first to the penultimate page, a bit of crime, a bit of sex. It's the best book I've read so far from July toe (after eagle and angel eagle and angel * and play instinct). July Zeh is, and you have to know, qualified as a lawyer and also deals in this diving novel with the existential questions that a lawyer has to deal with: Who is the victim, who is the perpetrator? Who is lying, who is telling the truth? What is based on free will? What is brilliant genius or the manipulation of a psychopath? My conclusion: an exciting and extremely intelligent novel, absolutely readable and formulated to the point and incidentally one learns much of the underwater world. For divers so a great novel!

Roman: White nights

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

"It was a wonderful night, such a night as it can possibly only happen when we are young, dear reader." - With this direct address to the reader begins the classic White Nights by Fyodor Dostoevsky. A young, fairly lonely man happens to meet a young beautiful woman on a park bench. In four summer nights, they tell each other about their dreams and longings. Of course, the lonely narrator falls in love with the beautiful Nastenka, but it seems to be already promised to another. Dostoyevsky describes the natural phenomenon of the White Nights, as Midsummer is called, because it always stays light and packs his novel into one of the most beautiful love stories in Russian literature. Granted, even for me, the classical literary >


Great expectations; Author: Charles Dickens

Winter time is for me always thick classic Schmöcker time. And there I have the "great expectations" of Charles Dickens made. The novel is one of the top novels of all time and is recommended for readers of all ages, because Charles Dickens understands perfectly in the children's youth and adulthood empathize. The novel is exciting and easy to read. He plays in the Victorian era in London. But Dickens usually describes a wintry gloomy atmosphere, he describes the "marshland" and the village environment around London and he describes the foggy city with all its people in it. It is about the orphan boy Pip, who encounters an outraged convict in the marshes, who gives him fear. In addition, Pip makes a wealthy, quirky widow company and thinks years later when a lawyer tells him he has a considerable fortune to share, that the widow is his patron. In fact, the patron remains hidden. Pip moves to London, gets educated as a gentleman and dreams to impress the beautiful Estella. But that shows him the cold shoulder. One day, when the mystery of Pip's "Great Expectations" is revealed, Pip collapses into a world. Absolutely readable and as a literary travel tip to Victorian London also very nice.


East End. A summer of friendship.

Author: Volker Weidermann

East End. 1936, summer of friendship
Ostend in Belgium. Summer 1936. In the fashionable seaside resort on the Belgian North Sea coast, which still had the splendor and glory of glorious beach resorts of the upper class in the 1930s, a strange group of German-speaking intellectuals meet. The successful writer Stefan Zweig is the first to arrive in Ostend, he persuades his friend Jospeh Roth, who is in Paris, to spend the summer with him in Ostend. By and by, they all arrive: Irmgard Keun, a German writer whose books have already been banned in Germany because they celebrate the freedom of women. Irmgard Keun is full of joie de vivre as she arrives in Ostend, she swims in the sea, her hair bleaches from the sea, her skin is tanned. She writes to her lover that she looks like a wild man with a curly blond mane. The round is supplemented by publishers, journalists, actresses, but the focus is on the friendship between the authors Zweig and Roth. In Germany, the books of Jewish authors such as those of Zweig and Roth are no longer sold, and soon they will be banned by the Nazi regime. The hope lies with the publishers abroad. But it does not look good for Roth. But everything is still open. In Ostende one still cultivates the hope for better times and sees already the coming decay of Germany. You work your day at the desk obsessively and meet in the evening for an illustrious round in the restaurants and pubs in the seaside resort. Zweig must watch his friend Roth self-destruct through alcohol. Even the love affair with Irmgard Keun, which starts on the beach in Ostend in summer, can not stop Roth from pouring alcohol into himself. On the contrary, Irmgard Keun drinks happily. I admit: Ostende plays a supporting role in the novel. It is more about the intellectual friendship between Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth, it is about the need in exile living writers whose books are banned in Germany. It's about ruin. To the ruin of man to himself, to the ruin of personal existence and to the ruin of a whole country. But in Ostend this shimmers only as in a dare premonition by lively summer days. A book that is worth reading, if you are interested in good German literature or if you are just in Ostend. However, for a breezy summer mood you should perhaps read something else.

Hungary, Balkans, Turkey from Berlin to the Black Sea coast

The novel: The monster

Author: Terézia Mora

The monster: Roman
Darius Kopp must come to terms with the fact that the love of his life, his wife Flora, has hung on a tree in the forest. The unemployed top manager entrenches himself for 1 year with pizza boxes in his apartment, then the undertaker urges him to finally bury the urn. Darius Kopp is hereby forced to take action. But what to do with the ashes of the woman? Since Flora was born in Hungary, he sets off for Budapest to find traces of her past. At the same time he reads the diary of the deceased love of his life and gets to know the interior views of his wife. Flora suffered from depression, Kopp was one of those optimists who believed that man was there to make him feel good. That just his wife can not feel that must be a heavy blow to the overweight fast food junkie. In Hungary, he does not find much, he continues, through the Balkans, to Albania, Istanbul, Armenia and Georgia - his former sales area as Sales Manager. He meets travel companions like the beautiful Oda, a quirky Englishman and dubious sauna acquaintances. Between all, however, stands the memory of Flora, which he can not escape. Darius Kopp remains as aimless and disoriented as he has already shown in the first novel. The monster is the continuation of the first novel The only human on the continent without which I believe I can hardly understand this novel. Because the novel is next to a road movie, a novel about death and love, about the pain and farewell, also a novel about depression and its serious consequences, before the people in the society close their eyes. But above all it is a novel about man, about Darius Kopp and about Flora, which is eaten away by the depression. The monster - who hides behind it, is logically enlightened in the end, it is the enemy in man, his abyss, his suffering, his pain. Terézia Mora received the German Book Prize 2014 for this novel. Although I liked the first novel better because it was easier to read, I also found The Monster again an incredibly good piece of German literature. And also suitable for a trip to Eastern Europe.

Literary journey in my articles:

Literary trip to Mallorca:

Mallorca Mallorca: Article: Where Mallorca is still dreamy                                                                                      

A winter in Mallorca, George Sand: esprit audiobook with setting by Frederic Chopin. Mallorca different.

Literary journey to Vienna

Wien Vienna: z for article Vienna in winter coat

Vienna during the Imperial period:

Elisabeth , Brigitte Hamann (biography). Interesting biography of the Empress Elisabeth, which for me is one of the most interesting female figures of the 19th century or maybe even at all. For Sissi fans and Vienna Hofburg visitors a must.