Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Top Ten Tuesday ~ German Books

          

"Top Ten Tuesday" is an original feature/weekly meme created on the blog "The Broke and the Bookish". This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at "The Broke and the Bookish". It is now hosted by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.

Since I am just as fond of them as they are, I jump at the chance to share my lists with them! Have a look at their page, there are lots of other bloggers who share their lists here.

This week, we get a Freebie which means we don't even have to twist the topic to fit for us, we can choose it ourselves.

I read recently, that 10 % of all books are published in German. Does that mean that every read has read 10 % books by German writers? Probably not. But, if you would like to read something from Germany (or Austria or Switzerland), maybe one of my favourites would suit you.

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Of course, I couldn't keep to the given number, as usual. Sorry for that.

Becker, Jurek "Jacob the Liar" (GE: Jakob der Lügner) - 1969
Hansen, Dörte "This House is Mine" (GE: Altes Land) - 2015
Haushofer, Marlen "The Wall" (GE: Die Wand) - 1962
Lenz, Siegfried "The German Lesson" (GE: Deutschstunde) - 1968
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim "Nathan the Wise" (GE: Nathan der Weise) - 1779
Mann, Thomas "Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family" (GE: Buddenbrooks) - 1901
Mercier, Pascal "Night Train to Lisbon" (GE: Nachrzug nach Lissabon) - 2004
Orth, Stephan "Couchsurfing in Russia: Friendships and Misadventures Behind Putin’s Curtain" (GE: Couchsurfing in Russland. Wie ich fast zum Putin-Versteher wurde) - 2017
Pausewang, Gudrun "The Last Children of Schewenborn" (GE: Die letzten Kinder von Schewenborn oder … sieht so unsere Zukunft aus?) - 1983
Precht, Richard David "Who Am I and If So, How Many?" (GE: Wer bin ich und wenn ja, wie viele?) - 2007
Schami, Rafik "The Calligrapher’s Secret" (GE: Das Geheimnis des Kalligraphen) - 2008
Sendker, Jan-Philipp "Whispering Shadows" (GE: Das Flüstern der Schatten) - 2007
Trojanow, Ilija " "The Collector of Worlds" (GE: Der Weltensammler) - 2006
Wolf, Christa "They Divided the Sky" (aka Divided Heaven) (GE: Der Geteilte Himmel) - 1963
Zweig, Stefanie "Nowhere in Africa" (GE: Nirgendwo in Afrika) - 1995

And if you speak German, here is my German blog with a lot more German books on this list and my list with German books from this blog.

20 comments:

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    1. Unfortunately, it's something I experience all the time. I hope you and the others can find some German books here, Deanna:

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  2. I had no idea 10% of all books are published in German. I haven't read any of these yet, but I'm glad you've read so many in German :)

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    1. Well, I didn't know that either, Lindsey.Have you read any other German books?

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  3. Interesting! I've never read a German book and, sadly, I think all the books I've read that have been set in Germany have been about the Nazis and World War II. I really need to branch out, so I'll have to check out your suggestions.

    Happy TTT!

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    1. That's part of our problem, Susan. Whether we are mentioned in books or movies, our history is always there. And it shouldn't be forgotten but that's not all you can say about our country. And, of course, quite a few of the books I mention, are during the Nazi time or a result thereof.

      I think you might like "This House is mine".

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  4. So many new books to look for and check out! I've only read a few German authors: Goethe, Herta Mueller and Nele Neuhaus. But I'd like to read more. :)

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    1. That's more than what a lot of people have read, Lark (have a look at the other comments). I'd be interested which of the books I mentioned you might choose.

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    2. Jacob the Liar is the one I most want to read, followed by Couchsurfing in Russia and The Calligrapher's Secret (if I can find a copy).

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    3. Oh, I hope you do, Lark, they are all three fantastic even if the first one is about the dreaded Nazi time. Enjoy.

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  5. Interesting! I need to read some more German books! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Thanks, Ronyell. I hope I can inspire some other readers to read some German books.

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  6. I am with Susan, most of the books I have read set in Germany have been about Nazis and World War II, which makes me not to read more. I also need to branch out. https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/12/top-ten-tuesday-free-little-library.html

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    1. You're right, Cindy. If war and nazis are not your favourite subject to read about (well, I don't blame you there), you wouldn't find many English books that are about something else. But we have a lot of other books to offer, I'm sure you'll find some.

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  7. Lots of new book titles for me to explore!!

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    1. I do hope you find some you like, Lisa. Thanks.

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  8. The only book I've heard of from your list is "The Calligrapher’s Secret".

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    1. That's at least something. Funnily enough the only author not born in a German speaking country. LOL

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  9. So many interesting books. I have read Buddenbrooks (one of my favourite books ever) and Night Train To Lisbon. I did not know that Mercier is German. I have read another book by Sedker which was absolutely fantastic. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.
    I have a challenge for next year to read a book every month from countries outside the English- and Swedish speaking world. Maybe one of these will be read.

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    1. Thanks for that, Lisbeth. "Buddenbrooks" is also one of my favourite books, not just German books but in general. And Mercier is Swiss, I love all his books, as well as Sendker's. I've read most of his books, as well, including "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats", also such a great series (you can find all the books on my link under his name).

      I'm excited to hear which German book you will choose. I am sure there is one on this list that you will love. Actually, I am sure there are several. Best wishes.

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