Dear Winfried, The Rings of Saturn (tr. Michael Hulse, 1998. Original: Die Ringe des Saturn: Eine englische Wallfahrt, 1995) is beautiful, and melancholy, and strange. It is this…… Read more “Memories lie slumbering within us”
W. G. Sebald (Winfried Georg Maximilian Sebald,18 May 1944 – 14 December 2001) was a German writer. He studied German and English literature at the University of Freiburg and…… Read more “W. G. Sebald”
Dear Larissa, Your short story collection Swallow Summer, translated by Lyn Marven (2016. Originally, Schwalbensommer, 2003) made me think of tracks made of air: we might know they…… Read more “Don’t ever wait for the swallows,”
Larissa Boehning (1971) is a German writer. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies, Art History and Philosophy, and studied in Lüneburg and Berlin. She…… Read more “Larissa Boehning”
Between by Rosmarie Waldrop I´m not quite at home on either side of the Atlantic I´m not irritated the fish kept me a home makes you forget…… Read more “A liquid pane touched on all sides,”
Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Kitzingen, Germany, in 1935. She emigrated to the United States in 1958. She is a poet, novelist, essayist and co-editor of Burning…… Read more “Rosmarie Waldrop”
Dear Irmgard, The eponymous heroine of your novel Gilgi (2013, tr. Geoff Wilkes. Original title: Gilgi, eine von uns, 1931) is a twenty-one-year-old German middle-class girl who lives…… Read more “I don’t know what my limits are anymore”
Irmgard Keun (6 February 1905 – 5 May 1982) was a German writer. Born in Berlin, as the daughter of wealthy, liberal-minded parents, Irmgard Keun spent her…… Read more “Irmgard Keun”
Dear Anna, Do you know this feeling we have when something terrible happens in a dream and we must scream or run, but we find ourselves suddenly…… Read more “Everyone was fleeing and everything was temporary”
Anna Seghers (pseudonym of Netty Reiling, 19 November 1900 – 1 June 1983) was a German writer. Anna was born in Mainz into a Jewish family. She…… Read more “Anna Seghers”
Dear Ingo, Your novel Adam and Evelyn (Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. 304 p. Translator: John E. Woods) takes place in the Summer of 1989 and centers around a…… Read more “Falling from grace”
Ingo Schulze (15 December 1962) is a German writer born in Dresden in former East Germany. He studied classical philology at the University of Jena, and was an… Read more "Ingo Schulze"
Dear Doris, In Japanese, the words for skin and clothing are identical. In yoursecond novel Das blaue Kleid (The blue dress), published in 2002 and winner…… Read more “Under the skin of others”
Doris Dörrie (1955) is a German writer. She studied cinema and filmmaking at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and social sciences at the New… Read more "Doris Dörrie"
Dear Heinrich, I’ve just read your book The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (transl. Leila vennewitz), and I believe it is better understood when we remember…… Read more “Words as pistols”
Heinrich Böll (21 December 1917 – 16 July 1985) studied German at the University of Cologne and worked, for one year, in a municipal statistical bureau. He left the… Read more "Heinrich Böll"