German lit month planning

Still a month to go to this years German lit month but I have already two books read this year ready for November .I have a number of books I have taken down of the shelves of winstonsdad’s towers .I am always adding books with german lit month in mind when I find them .


20150926_145757The first pic Gregor Von Rezzoris snows of yesterday one I have want to read for a while , the tale of the writers life and his family .The a Gunter Grass one of two pictured , I also have a third book by him that I have to choose from .Then we have two classics of German lit The sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe he is considered the grandfather of german Literature I read Faust his most famous play years ago , I love this cover of the one world classic edition then also from one world classics is The devil’s elixirs by Hoffman a monk tries to… need I say more .


Then I have the Oxford collection of stories from Vienna including names like Roth, Schnitzler and Canetti .Then a collection of three novellas by Peter Handke Slow homecoming The same character Valentin Sorger is in all three books they focus on alienation through getting back into society then feeling inner harmony .Then the other Grass the huge Flounder is told over space of nine months as a father tells the story of his life and the fish the flounder , whilst his wife is expecting their child .


Then I looked back at the last four issues of New books in German the journal that deals with German translations and books available for translation to find a few books from Library to order , which  have done also the new system on derbyshire libraries will let you search for translators and via this I have turned up a few gems from the 70’s that I can’t wait to read including one that left me shocked going really got read that  (I think everyone will be same as me just hope it is there )  .I also managed to order a  Frederich Schiller , Christa wolf  and Remarque books that Lizzy and Caroline are doing during German lit Month , I sly said I may do a couple of books . I did 8 books in 2014 and 2013 ,9 in 2012 , 6 in 2011 so I hope to maybe get into double figures this year for German lit month .I always get excited for German lit month , rather sad I not been sent many new German books this last few months , but great books I have brought with german lit month in mind make up for that .

What you planning to read ?

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Caroline
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 14:52:30

    Great plans, Stu. I’m so glad you’re joining us and look forward to your reviews.


  2. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 15:45:53

    Very keen to hear how Vienna Tales is!


  3. Mytwostotinki
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 15:51:03

    Interesting reading plans, Stu – am particularly keen on your opinion about Hoffmann’s Elixirs, a favorite book of mine. Will also join German Lit Month with a few Reviews.


  4. Jonathan
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 16:00:17

    The Devil’s Elixirs is a favourite of mine as well; as is often the case with Hoffmann’s work, it’s great fun.

    I haven’t really decided what to read yet. I often think of reading some Grass as I get the feeling he’s sliding into obscurity, and I’ve only read The Tin Drum.


    • winstonsdad
      Sep 26, 2015 @ 16:02:03

      Problem with Grass is some of his books of the time very much I feel his mid work books are a lot like this so haven’t aged so well which is a shame Heinrich Boil has same problem


      • Jonathan
        Sep 26, 2015 @ 16:06:44

        I had a copy of Cat and Mouse hanging around for ages but never quite got round to read it. I love Böll’s The Clown; I was going to re-read it for last year’s GLM but ran out of time.

      • winstonsdad
        Sep 26, 2015 @ 16:10:02

        I’ve clown or group portrait by him to read

  5. Dagny
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 17:01:59

    Aside from Hesse, I had never read much in the way of German literature until Karen introduced us to several at the 19th Century Literature group. I read both Werther and Devil’s Elixir there.

    Nothing immediate on the horizon for me, although I’ve been planning a reread of Steppenwolf for quite a while.


    • winstonsdad
      Sep 27, 2015 @ 15:47:54

      There was some great german lit written then and even before that still inspires german writers I see there is a book recently a new telling of the werther story


  6. roughghosts
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 17:21:54

    I was reorganizing my shelves last night and I have more German lit than I expected though Sebald and Bernhard dominate. I have some really cool Bernhard on the way: The Voice Imitator, Victor Halfwit: A Winter’s Tale and due out next month a book called Walking. Expect some Bernhard. 🙂 I would like to read some Handke, so I may make that a personal goal.


  7. JacquiWine
    Sep 26, 2015 @ 17:28:49

    Very interesting choices as ever, Stu. I love the covers of the Oneworld Classics editions, too, especially the Goethe.

    I have a couple of books in mind for German Lit Month, possibly three depending on how my reading goes over the next few weeks. Looking forward to seeing the reviews. 🙂


  8. Guy Savage
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 00:07:45

    I’ve been planning too–although I suspect that I have more choices than I can actually read. Perhaps we should have a German literature YEAR


  9. Anokatony
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 02:03:10

    My choice for German Lit Month is ‘Adam and Evelyn’ a novel by Ingo Schulze, a writer I have not read before.
    I look at the recent awards lists for German literature and find that even the winners don’t get translated into English.


  10. Tony
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 09:43:24

    Lots to like here, Stu 🙂 I’m aiming for double figures too, but mine will be a little more contemporary for the most part (with a classic or two for good measure!). Also, I might even get a 50/50 gender balance – but don’t quote me on that 😉


  11. BookerTalk
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 10:25:47

    I seem to have very few German lit books in my shelves. One I just read which is Christa Wolf and the other is Remarque. I’ll have to make a trip to the library to see if they can offer anything


  12. Judith
    Sep 27, 2015 @ 22:45:00

    I found so much in this post to pique my interest! I, too, am preparing for German Literature Month. I am doing the Christa Wolf week, but I don’t know which book yet. I better get cracking!! I am also considering the Remarque novel. I haven’t read this one and probably wouldn’t if it weren’t being “hosted,” but I will finalize my plans in the next few weeks.
    Always enjoy your blog!
    Judith (Reader in the Wilderness)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

September 2015


%d bloggers like this: