During this year’s German Literature Month, I realized just how many unread German books I have. A month would never be enough to catch up. So I’m very excited to introduce the 12 Germans in 2016 event: 12 books in 12 months, and a little dent in the pile.
It has been surprisingly hard to decide which books to read. I’ve tweaked my list for the past two months. In the end, I picked 12 books that have been on the shelf for a while and that have been translated into English. Why? So you can join me, if you want! I’d love to have some company while I read.
Without further ado, here are the titles I’ve lined up for next year:
Alina Bronsky, Die Schärfsten Gerichte der Tatarischen Küche
The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, tr. Tim Mohr
Jurek Becker, Jakob der Lügner
Jakob the Liar, tr. Leila Vennewitz
Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tschick
Why We Took the Car, tr. Tim Mohr
Julia Franck, Die Mittagsfrau
The Blindness of the Heart, tr. Anthea Bell
Eugen Ruge, In Zeiten des Abnehmenden Lichts
In Times of Fading Light, tr. Anthea Bell
Werner Bräunig, Rummelplatz
Rummelplatz, tr. Samuel P. Willcocks
I will announce at the beginning of each month which book I decide to read. At the end of the month, I’ll have a review and links, if you decide to read along.
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