German Literature Month | 2020

Hi, folks!

German Lit Month ist fast wieder da! Just like in previous years, Lizzy and Caroline will host the 10th GLM this coming November. (Yes, you read it right: it’s been 10 years since the first GLM! We are all blogging dinosaurs…) During the month of November, their blogs will be dedicated to literature originally written in German.

Lizzy and Caroline have devised the following reading plan this year:

  • November 1-7  Sophie von La Roche
  • November 8-14 Max Frisch
  • November 15-21 Ingeborg Bachmann
  • November 22-28 Siegfried Lenz
    • The fourth week will include a Literature and War readalong of a recently discovered Lenz novel, The Turncoat. The discussion will take place on Friday 27.11.

As always, to participate in German Literature Month you don’t need to follow the plan: the only rule is simply to enjoy reading something originally written in German (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, essays, comics, graphic novels, you name it!).

I’ve been participating in GLM since 2014, and it already belongs to my bookish calendar. Here you can find some of the books reviewed in the past GLM events.

Here is my list of potential reads for the event:

  • Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim, by Sophie von La Roche (1771)
    • English: The History of Lady Sophie Sternheim, ed. James Lynn, tr. Joseph Collyer (1991)
      • Other translations: Christa Baguss Britt (1991)
  • Käsebier erobert den Kurfürstendamm, by Gabriele Tergit (1931)
    • English: Käsebier takes Berlin, tr. Sophie Duvernoy (2019)
  • Menschen im Hotel, by Vicki Baum (1929)
    • English: Grand Hotel, tr. Basil Creighton (2016)

I will also be reading through the German Book Prize 2020 longlist in the coming months. They released the shortlist today, and the book I was rooting for –1000 Serpentinen Angst, by Olivia Wenzel (2020) – was not included, which left me somewhat disappointed and cold, but I still want to try some of the longlisted titles and perhaps blog about them:

  • Annette, ein Heldinnenepos, by Anne Weber (2020, shortlisted)
  • Herzklappen von Johnson & Johnson, by Valerie Fritsch (2020)
  • Streulicht, by Deniz Ohde (2020, shortlisted)
  • Aus der Zuckerfabrik, by Dorothee Elmiger (2020, shortlisted)
  • Die Infantin trägt den Scheitel links, by Helena Adler (2020)
  • Die Unschärfe der Welt, by Iris Wolff (2020)

That’s all for now, folks! What will you be reading in November? 😊

Yours truly.


Edmund C. Tarbell, “Girl Reading”, 1909

8 thoughts on “German Literature Month | 2020

  1. Count me in for my eighth year. I like yiur new Blog name. I have in my sights two recently translated books by Gregor Von Rezori and A Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil.


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