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mobility of all show. me take it personally. with wonderful stories make the game show special. for all true for all my. more than football. and now august twenty one with one hundred must reads. never before has there been a project like this one is one hundred must read speeches videos interviews and of course i said list of one hundred german language novels that have been translated into english whether you're a passionate reader or
a newbie to german books this compilation feature is something for everyone. now experts plowed through a century of literature and selected novels that will change your view of german language culture and europe so many stories to tell you could fall books with that we provide a fresh look at classics partly because folks. think sounds like men in leather jackets a cliche which is true and not true. most folks don't require a mouth guard but most folks are about being simple boring and. dandy in january twenty ninth the projects creative. and david leavitt's visited india's biggest book said. danny was one stop of the dutch of other projects won't . taipei was another. germany was guest of honor at taiwan's not just book fair. one hundred must read it was presented to both audiences and
experts at the german stories. but this has been translated into chinese and spanish with moon language and stiff on a. compilation has been widely discussed and shared online one hundred german mistreats a one of a kind project which took months to create. together we read thousands upon thousands of pages. there were some books that we thought we wanted to include that we started reading and we were you know actually maybe this isn't that great there are a lot of books that people said we should have included that we figured were maybe a little bit too intellectual or too trashy we tried to get a good mixture and there of entertaining of intellectual we tried to spare the history of germany and central europe and to do that in one hundred books was not
easy. and. no other place is the setting for as many novels on our list as berlin. where else to hope and failure collide so often. it's a city steeped in history inspired storytellers. right now everyone's talking about the popular series babylon berlin. it's based on folk are clinchers crime novel of the same time and it plunges into the decadent world of drugs sex and violence. champagne ok sex jazz murder if you're looking for a romp through berlin in the whirring twenty's this book is for you. the lavish t.v. version of the book directed by among others. is enjoying worldwide success flamboyant ecstatic and. very true to germany's political history. where the media business
because. i. use the same city in the same era berlin alexander plots the iconic expressionist novel by alfred do blend sublimely film for television by a fine of they are now. it's the story of ponsonby because freshly released from prison now he wants to do everything better but he stumbles again. is a sign of a dimension can't soak a sound of the rest of us should. just make sure to set the goal is to win and you can't it's a consolation. a tragic downward spiral into the cesspools of berlin this story has lost nothing of its
fascination and is now being filmed yet again when it's the place where more books on our list take place that anywhere else and there's a reason for that berlin is where so much happened so much of the twentieth century history this is the center point of world war two it's the kaiser's capital when you go back to world war one hitler's capital if you're talking about world war two it's the focal point of the cold war. and then berlin had this wall. a divided city with a wall around its western half plenty of dramatic material but the east german writer crystal balls described the tragedy of the city and the entire country. divided heaven film by convolvulus tells the story of a couple in communist east germany says he flees to west berlin and freedom she stays in the east of her own free will. before they were separated lovers used to
look for a star where their eyes would meet what should we look for. the syrians. in him even if his friends it was nice to. talk. to different systems of government and warded love the novel was a success on both sides of the wall. set two decades later in west berlin spend the biggest book captured the wild life style in the district courts bag. but he was not needed as most innocent. giving out of. the money men stumbles from bed to the cabin back to life from quite spare quite spare still the idea that it could continue forever is oppressive. before told at the bar in the bubble of nine hundred eighty nine west berlin which then bursts. still
the most of. suddenly everything is different nothing in berlin remains the same reunification is on the horizon but who are these relatives on the other side of the wall in the east he comments on. the literature of germany and its capital berlin lost divided rediscover both loved and hated. that there's no reading german literature without reading about german history and there's just there's no way around it it's what people want to read it's what authors want to write about there's this great german word for it to convince one of those huge german words it means confronting the past and that's something that authors immediately after world war two in the holocaust and that's something the authors and germany are still trying to. they're still trying to come to terms with
germany's past. can writers accurately reflect the horrific events of the holocaust some writers have been able to describe the mass murder of european jews and at the same time create outstanding literature. maybe esther by a touchup a trust begins with a family secret that is too awful to talk about. it involves a journey through eastern europe and a search for clues to the fate of the jewish family. i no longer understood how i ever could have imagined that i had been spared somehow i knew my polish relatives had all perished siblings his mother's tailor their family how else could this event did but i had never thought about them. and there was aunt lida those recipes for delicious sweet sausages died with her. and grandmother
or publish them rosa who had great legs and loved to dance to charleston and the great grandmother who was executed by german troops in one nine hundred forty one her name was esther maybe. writes in german although her native language is ukrainian this linguistic diversity allows her to describe her characters with a certain detachment from life maybe esther is a very sad story but it's not melancholy it's an unusual account of the holocaust the family. and the people who come alive again in this novel you will be seen with in the bin this one. novel house till it's is also filled with uncertainty travel and a search for clues but this is not an autobiography it is a semi fictional account of the jewish historian jacques austerlitz who is trying to recall memories that he has long since lost. one day at
a train station also that sees a young boy who he realizes is his four year old self being sent by kindertransport to england this vision finally inspires him to go searching for his original family . his life was saved by a train later his mother was deported to auschwitz by train train stations play a key role in this novel ouster let's as a man who has a child lost his homeland language and even his name. chances are you've seen heard and read lots of stories about world war two of the holocaust but you haven't read one like alstom it's. becker was one of the first authors to inject a bit of humor into an otherwise tragic holocaust novel called the liar it was published in one nine hundred sixty nine the work is set in a polish ghetto similar to the one that the author himself grew up in. most of the
bottle is fictional. to new. york zero bones a cafe and distributes to his customers fake radio news reports that the ghetto will soon be liberated. on veni and when i try to make use of the very last possibility that keeps them from just lying down and dying with words do you understand that i try to do that with words because that's all i have and then you come and tell me it's prohibited you know exactly is that for a boy. to novel is realistic in its portrayal of life in the ghetto but it also expresses a sense of human warmth and hope. and no wonderful book that will stay with you. there's actually a an amazingly high number of nobel prize winners on our list but that wasn't our criterion were we created a list for everyone so that means that. yes the classics are on their. authors like
how my house organs our cars have won the nobel prize but there are also authors on there that even experts in german literature may not know so we've got something for the beginners who are just coming from german language literature for the first time and something for for people who have been reading these books all their life . clearly the giants of german literature cannot simply be ignored and many are included on our list are compilation features seven authors who have won the nobel prize for literature their works are set against some of the great historical events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. in one such novel we have a prosperous german port city. a society in turmoil and a prominent family of merchants. these are the cornerstones in thomas months family saga wooden blocks in fact it reflects man's own upbringing he was born into
a middle class family in lubec in eight hundred seventy five his father was a crane marchant man brought about the life and times that he knew well. society was in the grip of a recession the lives of the middle class were being turned upside down mines blood and brooks charts the rise and fall of the merchant family between decadence and rash consumerism. months novel was published in one thousand one and is considered one of the earliest examples of modern fiction it was awarded the nobel prize for literature in one thousand twenty nine is hard to say it's too much the thomas mann who also wrote many other novels is one of our most important writers his publisher wanted to cut that novel in half luckily man didn't let him go. another example is going to cause his famous novel the tin drum told from a child's point of view why not. national socialism and world war two cause.
portrays the german people as a nation of nazi sympathizers who refuse to grow up. the film version of this work drives home this point with vivid images and. this book from one nine hundred fifty nine was the first major novel to deal with germany's nazi past. but people used to think that evil spirits appear to somehow suggest the german people. know how it was that all took place in broad daylight so i'm home park. was just six when the nazis came to power near the end of the war he served briefly in the vatican s.s. finally admitted this in two thousand and six. writing has always been a way to deal with the past when goss published the term drum it caused a scandal no one had written about world war two with such serious such brutality
and such. a towering figure in german literature and an eloquent spokesman on the darker chapters of recent german history gus was awarded the nobel prize for literature in one thousand nine hundred nine. the life of another nobel laureate how to milla was also shaped by totalitarian regimes she grew up in romania her father served in the vatican s.s. after the war crime other was deported to the soviet gulag milla emigrated to west germany in one thousand nine hundred seven and was finally able to write without government imposed censorship. i write about the broad spectrum of individuals who live in dictatorships. everyone from the true believers all the way to the dissidents. in the hunger and. tell us the. from other
and other ethnic germans in romania at the end of world war two thousands of ethnic germans were deported to soviet labor camps. when it was awarded the nobel prize in two thousand and nine some newspapers in the us asked who. no one says that anymore. so reading german literature even if it's in translation is really a unique opportunity for people who are not german speakers people living outside germany to get an insider's perspective and that's something that literature in translation provides a unique opportunity to do. we visited translator katie darbyshire in berlin she's a real connoisseur of german literature and is completely involved in the works of her authors.
katie darby sure can certainly help you out if you're looking for a good book at her favorite bookshop or at home perhaps she's even translated the novel into english the british born linguist is one of the most prominent translators of contemporary german literature she's written books about it and teaches literary translation what drives her. books that make you very deeply i love when literature can make you. angry sometimes i was translating it short story. made me cry while i was translating it which is kind of manipulative but. i like literature that you can hear the sound of it when you when you're reading it you can hear the more you can hear. in the press all the where where the writers are really using the language to do something to us. for more
than two decades now katie darbyshire only translates books that really move her. such as an opera stall of a novel by z. bilal live in. it's on our list of one hundred german must reads and be sure has translated into proviso often puzzling dark works plus she's rendered in english the books of clamens meyer who caused a stir with his stories about just after german reunification the translator really went the extra mile for miers latest novel. the hardest book to play so i managed to place with probably. more time because it's very very long and it's about sex whack and we still have an american publisher. i want to touch it weirdly because it's amazing. she spent a year looking for an english publisher which needed another year to get the money
together and then she started translating which presented some challenges. chairman we've got zero nine icky glue to hold and it's not a language taught and then in english we get oh no gerry's red hot and good to trot so that kind of thing and i think that i had to get. she got the go ahead over dinner with the author the effort was worth the bricks and mortar was listed for the man booker international prize it's his baby and it's mine she says. she loves interacting with the authors which sometimes goes beyond the professional. someone actually friends with and some it feels very one way so i feel like i go very deep inside of their work and i'm. kind of inside their brain and rethinking their thoughts in my language. but of course they didn't do the thing to me. katie darbyshire experiences intensely the book she translates her
blog love german books is completely dedicated to german literature several of her translation works are on our list of one hundred german must reads among them is of course bricks and mortar by claimants my. women selling their bodies to make quick cash gross old men taking advantage of young girls claimants meyer's novel bricks and mortar is about a nameless town in eastern germany no sooner has the regime fallen than drugs crime and prostitution come flooding in the many voices in the book are mostly women's some of them have chosen prostitution others have been forced into it and they're all just trying to get through it i have a kind of scale dirty nails and bad breath right at the top but there's no difference in the end not much and there's another scale just for breath and then
when they pan to you you have to turn away carefully your head i mean so it doesn't look rude. bricks and mortar will take you want to journey through a dark and brutal world but with shimmers of deep humanity hope and humor. many of the authors on our list that are that are quite well known outside of of germany and central europe are writing about fantasy for instance these are authors like the children's book author cordelia foamcore who are extremely well known in the united states even in india who many of their readers don't even know or german . malibu home to some of the world's biggest stars and germany's top children's author cornelia. let's go visit.
her has sold tens of millions of books across fifty countries. twelve years ago she left germany for california. america opened its arms and said we love your stories fantastical stories about the power of books and the imagination of young people including her international breakthrough novel in cart these days from the travels of the globe to meet her readers. i was in hamburg the night the so-called president of this country was elected. one could you could call him he who shall not be named like in harry potter. on and it was that night that it became clear to me that i wanted to come back to america because this is my home now and i felt i had to fight for it it's more stuff of kempe. because home is here now with her dogs ducks and donkeys and her avocado grove she
says here in the u.s. children's literature is valued much more than in germany time magazine even listed as one of the world's one hundred most influential people for inspiring young readers around the world children are a huge source of her inspiration. because they don't use equipment like they can hide their feelings the way grown ups can most of them don't have any masks on yet it's tough they're very serious about life they still asked the big questions about life and death. whereas we grownups keep learning to filter things out so that we can just keep living the way we want to live so by then i like to see myself as the kids in this strange grown up world and reveal a few secrets to them from time to time. because it's her love for her readers that's the secret to her global success. do you write differently now that you're writing for such an international audience it's been yes. i'm a different person now that i've been to so many countries and traveled so much and
expose myself to so many cultures and my horizons are a lot brighter than back when i only knew hamburg. in your experience what do americans think about german literature and authors. that kind of get something i can only speak from my own experience but i'd say that it's practically a blank slate as possible between us but us are a lot of americans surprised. german yeah. a lot of americans think that i am american or at least that i write in english that's enough english so they're quite surprised and also fascinated to learn that i write in german and you hear on and when i visit schools the kids always ask me cornelius say something in german from kin and thus can i ask you something in germany. well you know when i do they're completely fascinated that they really don't understand it and that i can speak it on the. canadia phone because main working wing which is still german i was
she taught the neighbor one hundred via tottenham and i mean they call me a this and that martin effect but most of her readers don't care what language she writes him for them it's the story the counts that scotland was follow and so was the realm of heaven the valley that the last dragons in this world has called the home for two years now. one of the things we want to accomplish with this list is to give people a different perspective on germany and on europe a deeper perspective and a much more humane perspective and i think that anyone who reads through this list particularly the books that deal with german history they're going to come away with a different understanding not just of this part of the world but also of war peace
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