Judith Hermann Is February’s Pick for 12 Germans in 2016


The second book I plan to read from my stack of German books is Judith Hermann’s Sommerhaus, Später. The English title mirrors the German one: Summerhouse, Later. The book was first published in 1998 to literary acclaim and received several awards, most notably the Kleist Prize. The English translation (by Margot Bettauer Dembo) was first published by HarperCollins.

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The book is less than 200 pages, so even though February is a short month, I think you can easily fit it in. Don’t you agree? My review will be up on February 29. If you decide to read the book as well, I’ll make sure to link to your review.

About the Book (adapted from Goodreads):

Summerhouse, Later is a collection of nine luminous stories of love and loss, loneliness and hope. Hermann’s stunning debut collection paints a vivid and poignant picture of a generation ready and anxious to turn its back on the past, to risk uncertainty in search of a fresh, if fragile, equilibrium. Against the backdrop of contemporary Berlin, Hermann’s characters are as kaleidoscopic and extraordinary as their metropolis, united mostly in a furious and dogged pursuit of the elusive specter of “living in the moment.” They’re people who, in one way or another, constantly challenge the madness of the modern world and whose dreams of transcending the ordinary for that “narrow strip of sky over the rooftops” are deeply felt and perfectly rendered.

About the Author:


Judith Hermann, born in 1970, grew up in West Berlin. She holds a Master’s degree in German and Philosophy and attended the Berliner Journalistenschule, a highly selective professional academy for journalists. She received the Alfred-Döblin stipend from the Berliner Akademie der Künste in 1997, which allowed her to write her first volume of short stories. Since then, she has written two additional collections of stories, both of which are available in English. Some of these stories have been made into movies. Her latest work is a novel, which has not yet been translated into English.




  1. This one sounds good, too. Can’t wait to hear about it! I hope you are able to read this one at your own pace, rather than rushing at the last minute because of the flu. 🙂

      • Yes, my son (who had it the worst) went back to school on Monday. He was off all last week. My youngest only had to miss one day of school in the end (because another one ended up being a snow day). And, the rest of us are holding it off so far. Hopefully it stays that way. Glad to hear you guys are also on the mend!

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