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Today it is the first of December. It means that this year’s German Literature Month is over. It is my favourite reading event of the year and so it is a bittersweet moment for me. Now I have to wait for one more year for next year’s edition.

I read eight books for this year’s GLM. That sounds pretty impressive, but it is not. Halfway through GLM, I had read only one book. But like any self-respecting Indian, I finished ninety percent of the work in the eleventh hour – in the last four days, I read four books. But I read a wide variety of books and so I am happy about that. I read two novels, three novellas, one collection of short stories, two plays and one essay in book form.

My favourite was the novella ‘Three Paths to the Lake’ by Ingeborg Bachmann. It is a book which I will be definitely reading again.

ThreePathsToTheLakeByIngeborgBachmann

‘The Art of Hearing Heartbeats’ by Jan-Philipp Sendker, ‘Flight Without End’ by Joseph Roth and ‘Rock Crystal’ by Adalbert Stifter weren’t far behind.

The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats By Jan Philipp Sendker      Flight Without End By Joseph Roth

Rock Crystal By Adalbert Stifter

I didn’t review one book – ‘In Berlin : Day and Night in 1929’ by Franz Hessel. 

In Berlin By Franz Hessel

It was a twenty-something page essay on the author’s experience in Berlin during one day in 1929. It mostly had descriptions of nightlife and bar hopping, and though it might have had some historical interest, I didn’t find it insightful enough. 

I finally got around to reading a German play – I actually read two of them (‘La Ronde’ by Arthur Schnitzler and ‘The Robbers’ by Friedrich Schiller), which I am quite happy about. 

The Austrian contigent was heavily represented in my selection – four of the eight books I read were by Austrian writers and three of my four favourites were by Austrians. I seem to be clearly leaning in a particular direction.

I had hoped to read my favourite writer Marlen Haushofer’s ‘Nowhere Ending Sky’ and another favourite writer Ingeborg Bachmann’s collection of poems ‘Darkness Spoken’, but I couldn’t. These have to wait for another time. 

Nowhere Ending Sky By Marlen Haushofer

Darkness Spoken By Ingeborg Bachmann

Here are the books I read, with the links to their reviews. 

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker 

Immensee by Theodor Storm

Three Paths to the Lake by Ingeborg Bachmann (Part 1 / Part 2)

In Berlin : Day and Night in 1929 by Franz Hessel

Flight Without End by Joseph Roth

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

La Ronde by Arthur Schnitzler

The Robbers by Friedrich Schiller 

 

I had a wonderful German Literature Month, as always. This year’s GLM seems to have broken all records – last time I checked there were 176 posts, which is totally awesome. Many thanks to the hostesses Caroline (from Beauty is a Sleeping Cat) and Lizzy (from Lizzy’s Literary Life) for hosting this wonderful event every year, and especially for this wonderful fourth edition. I can’t wait for next year’s GLM.

Did you participate in German Literature Month this year? Which was your favourite GLM book this year?

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