Ruth Martin’s German Books of the Year

Continuing our series of translators’ recommendations from 2023 is Ruth Martin with two top reads. Drifter by Ulrike Sterblich, Rowohlt 2023 Drifter was a surprise inclusion on the shortlist for this year’s Deutscher Buchpreis. It’s a joyous, genre-defying novel in which two ordinary friends have their lives turned upside down by the mysterious and possibly

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Tess Lewis’s German Books of the Year

Moving on with our translators’ books of the year featurette, here comes Tess Lewis. 2023 was an especially strong year for women writing in German, so narrowing down my favorites to a few titles was an almost impossible task (and an unfair ask—Katy!). I’ve neglected many of my darlings and chosen one book from each

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Jamie Bulloch’s German Books of the Year

…and a couple to look out for in 2024 By Jamie Bulloch We’re rounding out the year with a few different translators’ recommendations. Here comes the first, by the historian and translator Jamie Bulloch – enjoy! Those who know my tepid enthusiasm for autofiction might raise an eyebrow at my choice of German books for

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A Good Person’s Guide to Book Shopping

The best ways to order books online with a clear conscience Do you like buying books – but don’t always have time for a leisurely stroll around your local independent bookshop? Do you need to send book gifts around the country? Do you sometimes need a specific book really, really urgently? You might think your

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Meet Caroline Wahl – and Literaturhaus Kassel

Two sisters, a dysfunctional family, and a bit of romance. Helen MacCormac on Caroline Wahl and her debut novel, 22 Bahnen I work for Literaturhaus Kassel and get to invite amazing writers to talk about their books and the ideas that inspire them. If you have never heard about “Literaturhäuser” before, you can read Susan

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Autumn Awards

A round-up by Katy Derbyshire In the German-speaking world it’s not just autumn leaves that rain down as the days get shorter – literary awards come thick and fast as well. They tend to be national or regional and a lot of them are named after dead white men. Here’s a little run-down of 2023’s

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Chronic

By Annie Rutherford This piece was originally commissioned (in German) for the exciting Trans|Droste project, where you can find English, Arabic, French, Farsi, Kurmancî and Turkish translations of the work of the 19th-century poet Annette von Droste Hülshoff, including by Annie Rutherford. I am writing this wrapped in a blanket on a day I have

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Dinner for Five

Teresa Präauer: Kochen im falschen Jahrhundert A review by Katy Derbyshire Seeing as this is an old-school blog, I must start with a full disclosure: ten years ago I went Dutch with Teresa Präauer, drinking beer, Fernet Branca and pastis. It was a delightful evening, cementing my view of the Austrian author as a very

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