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It is November and it is the start of my favourite reading event of the year – the German Literature Month hosted by Caroline from Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Lizzy from Lizzy’s Literary Life. The event runs through the whole of November and I am really excited. I have been making reading lists through the whole year in preparation for my favourite reading event and have been collecting books on and off. Now it is time finally to get all the books together, make a reading plan and get started.

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For more information on German Literature Month, do check out the introductory post where you can signup for the event and the review page where you can check out the reviews of other participants.


Now, more about my reading list. As I did last year, I put together all the German books that I would like to read and then arranged them in ascending order with respect to the number of pages. Then I separated them into two piles – the ‘To Be Read’ list and the ‘Wishlist’. The thinner ones made it into the ‘To be read’ list while the thicker ones made it into the ‘Wishlist. I know this way of categorizing and organizing is not the best way and is totally arbitrary and we can even argue that it is inappropriate because it favours a thin book over a thick one and all these conclusions are true. But my own defence to that is that all the books I want to read are wonderful and I want to read the maximum number of books within the space of a month and so I am going to follow this plan. If I can read one of the thicker books this month, I will be happy. So, these are my lists.


To Be Read List


The Ladies


Caroline recommended Ingeborg Bachmann highly and as I haven’t read any of her books yet, I went and got a whole collection of her works.


(1)   The Thirtieth Year by Ingeborg Bachmann

The Thirtieth Year By Ingeborg Bachmann

(2)   Three Paths to the Lake by Ingeborg Bachmann

Three Paths To The Lake By Ingeborg Bachmann

(3)   War Diary by Ingeborg Bachmann

War Diary By Ingeborg Bachmann

(4)   The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena – I discovered this book through Lizzy’s post on potential readalong choices. The plot captivated me and I wanted to read it.

The Taste Of Apple Seeds By Katharina Hagena

(5)   The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek – I haven’t read a Jelinek book yet, though I have seen the movie version of this book. So I thought it is time to read my first Jelinek.


(6)   Nowhere Ending Sky by Marlen Haushofer – I fell in love with Marlen Haushofer after reading ‘The Wall’ earlier this year. My love for her became stronger and deeper after I read ‘The Loft’. I have been saving up ‘Nowhere Ending Sky’ for German Literature Month and now I can’t wait to read this book by one of my favourite writers. This is the third and last Haushofer book available in English. I hope the publishers decide to translate more. If they don’t, it is time for me to learn German.


(7)   Rain by Karen Duve – I discovered this through Caroline’s post on new German women authors. I loved the plot and now can’t wait to read it.

Rain By Karen Duve

(8)   The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke – I have been reading reviews of this slim gem in many of my favourite blogs, especially reviews by Andrew and Claire. Now I think it is time to read the book myself.

 The Mussel Feast By Birgit Vanderbeke

The Gentlemen


(1)   Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe – I have read just one Goethe book ‘The Sorrows of Young Werther’. I think it is time to read a second one.

Elective Affinities By Johnann Wolfgang Von Goethe

(2)   Little Man, What Now? By Hans Fallada – I won this in a giveaway hosted during the first German Literature Month a couple of years back. I can’t believe that I have waited so long to read it. I read half of this book last year during GLM, but got distracted by something else after that. I can’t wait to read the second half now.

Little Man What Now By Hans Fallada

(3)   A Little History of the World by E.H.Gombrich – I know that this is German Literature Month and this book is a history book, but it was originally written in German when Gombrich was still living in Vienna and I loved it when I read it for the first time a few years back. I want to read it again and I think German Literature Month is the perfect occasion to do that 🙂

 A Little History Of The World By EH Gombrich



(1)   Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann – This is Bachmann’s only fully completed novel and I hope I get to read it this month.

Malina By Ingeborg Bachmann

(2)   Lust by Elfriede Jelinek – Jelinek’s controversial novel which probably made her name and which people either love or hate. I want to know what the fuss is all about.

Lust By Elfriede Jelinek

(3)   The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse – I have wanted to read this for years and I put it on my list everytime German Literature Month arrives. I don’t know whether I will be able to read it this time, but one can always dream.

The Glass Bead Game By Hermann Hesse

(4)   Perlman’s Silence by Pascal Mercier – I loved Pascal Mercier’s ‘Night Train to Lisbon when I read it. It is one of my favourite books. Mercier’s prose is exquisite and beautifully contemplative. I can’t wait to read ‘Perlman’s Silence’ his first ever novel, but which has only recently been translated into English.

Perlmanns Silence By Pascal Mercier

(5)   Suspicion by Friedriech Dürrenmatt – I read this book a couple of years back when I first discovered Dürrenmatt, in a collection called ‘The Inspector Barlach Mysteries’. I loved it. There is a nurse who works in a private clinic under a suspected Nazi doctor who speaks some powerful lines and I want to read those lines again. I hope I can do that this month.

Suspicion By Friedrich Durrenmatt

When I do some simple counting of the above books from different perspectives, this is what I find out – that there are 10 books by women writers and 6 books by men writers. More interestingly, there are 7 books by Austrian writers, 6 books by German writers, 2 books by a Swiss writers and 1 book by an Austrian writer who became a British citizen. If I manage to read all these books, it will look more like an Austrian women literature month for me 🙂 Well, let us see how it goes.


Though it looks a bit ambitious, I hope I can read all the books on my TBR list and atleast one book from my wishlist. I will be delighted if I am able to do that.


Now, I am going to pick up Ingeborg Bachmann’s ‘The Thirtieth Year’ and get started on the first story in it.


Are you participating in German Literature Month? What books are you planning to read? Have you read any of the above books?


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