German Literature Month VI

Hello, lovely readers!

German Literature Month ist wieder da! Lizzy and Caroline will host the 6th GLM (#germanlitmonth) this coming November. It’s still a month to go, but I’m joining in!

“We’ve learned that regular GLMers are not short of ideas, and love to read as they please. So that’s what German Literature Month VI is about. Fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, novellas, short stories, plays, poetry, classic or contemporary, written by male or female, the choice is yours. As long as the original work was written in German, read as you please, and enjoy yourselves!” Here.

Lizzie will also be hosting a Krimi week during week two, concentrating mainly on Austrian and Swiss crime fiction, and Caroline will host a Literature and War readalong for Friday 25 November, to discuss Walter Kempowski’s All For Nothing.

Here you can find some of the books reviewed in the past GLM events. And here and here you find a list of German women writers. Here and here you find a list of Austrian women writers, and here a list of Swiss women writers. And, finally, here a list of German language authors! 🙂


I participate in GLM since 2014, and it already belongs to my annual literary calendar. Since today is the Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit), a public holiday in which we celebrate the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, I figured this would be a good enough occasion to plan ahead my GLM TBR.

So, after cycling with my husband along the river, early in the – unexpectedly sunny – morning, and after indulging on my naturalist endeavours in the neighbouring woods, I spent this afternoon browsing my book shelves in search of my growing pile of German books. And what a pile this  one came up to be!

Below is my list of potential reads for the event – since I am not good at keeping up with compulsory TBRs, I highlighted the books I am most inclined to read or reread in November:

  • Austerlitz,, by W.G. Sebald
  • Medea,  by Christa Wolf
  • Berlin Stories, by Robert Walser
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz, by Alfred Döblin
  • Angel of Oblivion, by Maja Haderlap
  • Nothing But Ghosts, by Judith Hermann
  • Das Geschenk, by Maria Elisabeth Straub
  • The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck
  • The Mussel Feast, by Birgit Vanderbeke
  • Sea of Ink, by Richard Weihe
  • After Midnight, by Irmgard Keun
  • Soul of Wood,  by Jakov Lind
  • Elsa ungeheuer, by Astrid Rosenfeld
  • Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything, by Daniela Krien
  • The Sleepwalkers, by Hermann Broch
  • Effi Briest, by Theodor Fontane
  • Every Man Dies Alone (Alone in Berlin), by Hans Fallada
  • Diary of a Man in Despair, by Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen
  • “Schluss. Jetzt werde ich etwas tun.” Die Lebensgeschichte der Sophie Scholl, by Maren Gottschalk
  • The White Rose, by Inge Scholl
  • The End of Days, by Jenny Erpenbeck
  • Back to Back, by Julia Franck
  • Broken Glass Park, by Alina Bronsky
  • You Are Not Like Other Mothers, by Angelika Schrobsdorff
  • The Weight of Things, by Marianne Fritz
  • The Book of Franza and Requiem for Fanny Goldmann, by Ingeborg Bachmann
  • Malina, by Ingeborg Bachmann
  • Darkness Spoken: The Collected Poems of Ingeborg Bachmann by Ingeborg Bachmann
  • Goodbye Istanbul, by Esmahan Aykol
  • The Thirtieth Year: Stories, by Ingeborg Bachmann
  • After Midnight, by Irmgard Keun
  • Dream Story, by Arthur Schnitzler
  • Fräulein Else, by Arthur Schnitzler
  • Wittgenstein’s Nephew, by Thomas Bernhard
  • Axolotl Roadkill, by Helene Hegemann
  • Manja, by Anna Gmeyner (Persephone Books) ✓
  • On the Other Side: Letters to my Children from Germany 1940-46, by Mathilde Wolff-Mönckeberg (Persephone Books)
  • Grand Hotel, by Vicki Baum
  • Bright Magic – Selected Stories, by Alfred Döblin
  • Girlfriends, Ghosts and other stories, by Robert Walser
  • Transit, by Anna Seghers ✓
  • Going to the Dogs – the Story of a Moralist, by Erich Kastner
  • Irretrievable, by Theodor Fontane
  • Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, by Friedrich Christian Delius
  • Tiger Milk by Stephanie de Velasco
  • I Call Him Necktie by Milena Michiko Flasar
  • Who is Martha? by Marjana Gaponenko
  • All Russians Love Birch Trees by Olga Grjasnowa
  • The Marquise of O, by Heinrich von Kleist
  • The Diary of a Lost Girl, by Margarete Böhme
  • The Jew’s Beech Tree, by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
  • Shorter Days, by Anna Katharina Hahn
  • The Giraffe’s Neck by Judith Schalansky
  • All Days Are Night by Peter Stamm
  • Decompression by Juli Zeh

And now for something completely different: some of the Oktoberfest folly in which my husband and I revelled this past weekend 😉


Yours truly,


Marc Chalme, Le livre bleu
Marc Chalme, Le livre bleu

6 thoughts on “German Literature Month VI

  1. I’m looking forward to German Lit Month as well. Like you, I have a big pile of books I could read, but I am afraid to make a set plan because then it’s almost a guarantee that I won’t feel like reading any of the books I’ve picked. The End of Days, Who Is Martha?, and After Midnight are all great. Happy Reading!


  2. That’s a fantastic list! I just went book shopping today. I got the new Judith Hermann and an older Alex Capus. Not that I needed more books. 🙂
    You had fun this weekend.


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