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The best novels from Germany are interesting for all readers who travel through Germany and thus want to locate themselves literary. Of course, the novels from Germany are also worth reading for all those who do not now go on a big trip to Germany and still enjoy good literature. Because for me, I always come closer to a place through literature or poetry. Often I read a novel like Altes Land and I think: I have to go there. Or I walk on a beach on the North Sea and think, this feeling that accompanies me straight, I know from the novel, the glory of life .

Whether it is, for example, a road trip through East Germany as in Tschick , a journey across Germany as in Faserland , reflecting the melancholy summer holiday on the North Sea as in the glory of life or the contemporary life of our generation reflects as in July Zehs grandiose novel Unterleuten - this Novels show Germany in different facets and are all absolutely worth reading!

(I have read the novels all selsbst and as a Germanist studied well, my opinion is totally independent).

Source of Inspiration: A Journey through Germany - Merian Bildband

If you do not like to read novels and prefer to be inspired by beautiful pictures, I recommend this beautiful illustrated book from Merian: A journey through Germany. The illustrated book not only shows beautiful photos of the most beautiful places in Germany, but also always tells a little story about it and gives the facts about the places. Above all, he is one thing: an inspiration for getting to know one's own country better. The Bildbad is doing well as a coffee table book and is also a great gift for someone who likes traveling in Germany.

Literary Travel Germany - the best novels from Germany for Germany travelers

Roadtrips through Germany

From the north to the south of Germany: Faserland: Roman *

Faserland , Christian Kracht: a road movie through Germany. The author travels from Sylt via Hamburg, Frankfurt, Heidelberg to Lake Constance. Kraich's razor-sharp gaze analyzes German society, which is characterized by consumption and brands like no other. Christian Kracht is one of Germany's most famous pop literary figures. The best thing that produces young German->It's best to go by train.

Tschick - A road trip through East Germany

Two young people, as they can not be more different: the one, scion of a well-heeled entrepreneur, just bored in the summer vacation at the swimming pool in the parental villa in Berlin. The other with a migration background and the hobby with stolen cars roar through the area. Together they set out, in a stolen Lada, haphazard as their existence, they drive over the country roads and corn fields, somewhere in East Germany, in search of a place in life. Where will you arrive?

It's about friendship, the feeling of being lost somewhere, the search for great freedom. The much praised novel by the German successful author Wolfgang Herrendorf is a bestseller, which has since been filmed. Written in youth > Good for adults, reads quickly, stimulates to think and exudes a touch of summer feeling in Germany.

Spiegel Bestseller List Paperback Fiction: 1st place

Partial shade - about the first woman who flies to Japan alone

Partial shade: Roman (dtv literature)

She is young, ambitious and beautiful. Marga von Etzdorf, a young German girl flies as the first woman in the world in solo flight in a mini-propeller machine to Japan. At a time when women were not even allowed to have their own bank account without the consent of a man, Marga buys a propeller plane from the legacy of her deceased parents, paints them yellow and calls them kiek into the world - she is Preußin. In Japan she meets Christian v. Dahlem. This is the book by Uwe Timm. From a conversation behind a curtain and an idea of ​​who that young woman must have been. A woman who flew over all borders, who did not know fear, but only wanted to achieve a goal in mind. A woman whose death seemed more glorious than anything else. Marga v. Etzdorf, shoots himself after a crash landing in Aleppo in Syria. Why? The narrator finds her grave in Berlin's Invalidenfriedhof and wonders why this young woman lies among all the men, soldiers and Nazis, facing a wall?

I devoured the book, even though it is confusing at times, because there are so many voices in it, and sometimes I had problems attributing them. Nevertheless, I find such an extraordinary portrait of women totally impressive and strong. Uwe Timm tells in a complex, sensitive way that not only evokes old spirits, but their destinies. The world is fragile, courage and weakness, life and death, everything hangs by a thread. This shows the book. A good book by a good author.

Summer novels from Germany

The only man on the continent - a summer in Germany

The only man on the continent is an average German manager who runs the only office in Germany (one-man office) and is responsible for sales in Eastern Europe. His boss is in the UK or US and somehow has not been available for weeks. The manager brings the day off with extended lunch breaks and shopping, in the evening he drinks and eats (plenty) in the bar where his wife works. The man is in love with his wife, together they go swimming in the lake, go cycling. But behind the bourgeois facade it is crumbling. Everything collapses like a house of cards, the financial crisis and then marriage. A normal summer in Germany. I believed in reading the author describe my working life.

In 2013, Tereza Mora received the German Book Prize for her successor, Roman Das Ungeheuer . Both books I have read and both are excellent, although frankly I liked the Erstling, so the only man on the continent better because less gloomy and linguistically precise. The only man on the continent is a brilliant narrative that contains so much everyday reality.

At some point we will tell everything - a hot summer affair in the village

1990, the turnaround is just over, but in the village in Thuringia near the German-German border, everything seems to be the same. There, the almost 17-year-old Marie lives with her friend Johannes on his parents' farm. She is less interested in the school, but the curious neighbor Henner casts a spell on her. She starts having an affair with the much older man. You could think of the story as a kind of Lolita story in the rural province of East Germany. But the >

Forget Lolita, read this summer novel and summer will be a hot love affair!

The glory of life - melancholy silence at the sea

It is still lively summer days on the Baltic Sea as the writer Franz Kafka enjoys the summer resort to cure his tuberculosis. Already marked by death he gets to know during the days at the lake Dora. The two fall in love, Dora accompanies the terminally ill Kafka to Berlin and cares for him until death.

Michael Kumpfmüller writes a biography of the last days of Kafka's life. But the quiet melancholy does not seem as gloomy as one suspects. The opposite is the case, this book is a gentle quiet homage to the life and the love and the sacrifice for a loved one. The end of a life, even for a short time, is good when a loved one is there. It is a book that lingers and remains in memory. Also for readers who do not know Kafka, since the biography without any knowledge about Kafka gets along and for itself is an independent work.

contemporary stories from Germany with a local character

Unterleuten - a village idyll in Brandenburg?

Roman: Unterleuten, Author: Juli Zeh

Unterleuten is a (fictional) village in Brandenburg, near Neuruppin , which is an estimated 80 km from Berlin. Anyone who knows the area, the deterioration of the village looks almost in mind (since I have already driven through this area, I can say, Juli Zeh describes the area very true). It's a tough, realistic social study that we keep in mind. There are two young couples, moved from Berlin, because they are looking in the village life their romantically idealized dream of real life and next to the old-established villagers who have always regulated everything among themselves. While the Berlin romantics eat grains (because they think it's healthy), the villagers get fat from their sausages. Juli Zeh not only lets different worlds of life clash, no, it's about human chasms, power struggles, greed and why each and every one of the new and old villagers pursues his interests (recurring theme in July Zeh's novels: egoism, free will, acts of violence ). Sociologically highly interesting, a thriller, with contemporary authentic staff. I had to smile so often (out of ironic glee) and could not put away the novel, because it is so exciting, although the plot is fixed only on this one village Unterleuten in Brandenburg. Everyone is looking for the good and find themselves in an exciting thriller again. Triggered by the fact that a foreign investor wants to build a wind farm in the village idyll. A game for power begins (as in play instinct). The interesting thing is, it is always emphasized that Unterleuten is purely fikiv, but the author does not take it in Epiolog to explain that the people actually exist, that they became aware of the plot through a real newspaper article and began to research , So my absolute reading recommendation for all who read good literature!

Old Land - of cherry trees and thatched roof houses behind Hamburg

The novel Altes Land plays in the so-called region "Altes Land" , which lies near Hamburg. One learns of beautifully flowering cherry trees and apple jam, as well as the modern urban urban population, which comes from Hamburg to the Old Country. The novel by Dörte Hansen belongs to the best of the current German->Old Country , Different life plans collide. On the one hand, the mothers in Hamburg Ottensen, who push their prams like trophies in front of them, on the other hand, the long-established village characters, the real, the deer to sausage process and those who try to adapt to modern life and with Homemade jams make the day trippers from the city happy. But behind everything are people who are always on the run from something, it's about home and if you can ever find them, even if you've spent your whole life in one and the same house, like Vera. "Diet Hus is mien and yet nit min" - is the central leitmotif of the novel.

Contemporary, locally connected, historical and a generation novel. You just have to read and like it!

Roman: Go, Go, Gone - The refugee crisis in Berlin

Author: Jenny Erpenbeck

The novel by Jenny Erpenbeck reflects the theme that currently defines our days: the refugee crisis. An emeritus professor is drawn to a few black Africans sitting on Oranienplatz in Berlin. When he walks past them during the day, he does not notice them, only in the newspaper he becomes aware of them, because they want to be visible without their names. This reminds the old philosopher of Odysseus, who escaped the Cyclops because he pretended to be no one. And that pleases the professor. Iphigenia on Tauris, he thinks, was after all a refugee as well. Out of boredom, he decides, quite the professor, who approaches topics in an empirical way, to compile a questionnaire with seemingly inconsequential questions, which he wants to ask the refugees, eg what do you have in them eaten your home? In doing so, he unlocks the trust of the refugees and receives in return individual stories of their fates. The professor begins to weave more and more into the stories and presumably engages for the first time in his life in the real world outside his dusty books, which he now stows in boxes in the basement or the refugees to read. He suddenly reads legal texts and wonders why he does not know where Burkino Faso is (I find that unbelievable in the novel, even I know that and I'm not a professor). He marvels at the absurdity of the bureaucracy with refugees who have fallen out of time and condemned to doing nothing. They want to work, but they are not allowed to work. In a country that groans over a shortage of skilled workers. They have stories that nobody wants to hear except for him. While the Tuareg refugee does not find anything strange about breaking his tents and moving on like a nomad, another one breaks out in crying because he has to sleep in a tent on the street in Germany for the first time in his life. The stories are all different and not over a comb to shear. That's not in the news. For that you have to read this book. But it's all about it too, about the professor and how he himself deals with the loss of loved ones and changes in time. Jenny Erpenbeck writes a recent novel about the topic that concerns Europe. Go, go, gone, is a conjugation of time verbs, is it intentional that the future form is missing? Maybe she wants to draw attention to individual fates. However, it is not a book that accuses or appeals to the conscience; it is a novel that describes what everyone sees clearly and yet does not suspect. It is a sober consideration of the world. I like the clear, sober style of writing. The novel was on the shortlist of the German Book Prize 2015 and should definitely be read.

classic German literature with a local character:

The Buddenbrocks - Lübeck at the turn of the century

For this work, Thomas Mann has received the Nobel Prize for Literature - rightly so. I'm not a Thomas Mann fan, really not. I find his magic mountain cruel to read and have broken off. But the Buddenbrocks are great. I like the realism in the novel. The time and the characters are so detailed and lifelike described that you can totally feel in the story and destinies of the people. Small repetitions in the dialect like "be happy, you good kid" make the novel so charming. The Buddenbrocks are a respected merchant family in Lübeck at the turn of the century. The oldest son is expected to take over the trading business, the second son is a good-for-nothing and a bon vivant and the daughter Tony is expected to attend a befitting wedding with a merchant. The fact that all this makes no sense at the end of the 19th century, that revolts imply that the end of a merchant dynasty in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck can be foreseen, Thomas Mann describes in an entertaining and realistic way. Reading is worthwhile!

Buddenbrooks: Decline of a family *

From my travelogues from Germany:

Literary journey Germany: fairy tales and legends from the Rhine

Today, the Loreley sits as a bronze statue on a sandbank in the Rhine and still reminds of the old legends and legends that father Rhine tells us here

The fairy tale of the Loreley and Loreley Rocks


Clemens Brentano: Lore Lay , a fairytale

Heinrich Heine: The Song of the Loreley

Agnes von Pfalzgrafenstein: a love story with happy ending

to the article: Lovestory with happy ending on the Pfalzgrafenstein near Kaub

Literary journey to Saxon Switzerland / Malerweg:

September: Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxony


Literary journey to the Swabian Alb

to the article Bad Urach Waterfall


Gustav Schwab: hike through Swabia, chapter Bad Urach.

Eduard Mörike, letters.

The fairytale of the beautiful Lau

To blue, blue, blue pot and the fairy tale of the beautiful Lau

Literature : Eduard Mörike: The Stuttgart Hutzelmännchen and other stories.


Literary journey to Brandenburg

to the article: Wellness weekend at the Scharmützelsee

and: on the trail of Theodor Fontane by Neuruppin in Brandenburg

Literature: Theodor Fontane, walks through the Mark Brandenburg, chapter: Saarow (today bath Saarow) and Neuruppin.

Poems in my articles:

Bretano, Clemens: Lore Lay , a fairy tale in the article: R heinsagen - a hike to the Loreley rock

Lord Byron : "The Tower-crowned Drachenfels" (1816) , (Transl .: Aug. Mommsen, 1885) in the article: In Bonn and around Bonn

Fontane, Theodor: Am Waldessaume i m Article: The woods so green

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang: The Türmer, Ginkgo biloba , Letters in the article: Goethe walk through Frankfurt's forests

Heine, Heinrich: The Song of the Loreley in the article: Rheinsagen - a hike to the Loreley rock

Hölderlin, Friedrich : Spring in: Instagram Spring Edition

Mörike , Eduard : September morning in the article Herbstlichter

Mörike , Eduard: Frankfurter Brenten in the article Frankfurter Weihnachtsmarkt

Novalis , in the article The woods so green

von Fallersleben, Heinrich Hofmann : Goodbye winter in the article Winter ade

Storm, Theodor, a green leaf in the article The woods so green

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