Posts Tagged ‘German’

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

 Source: Library Translated from the German by Charlotte Collins Shortlisted for 2016 MAN Booker International Prize Five words from the blurb: mountain, valley, change, solitude, great A Whole Life is only 150 pages long, but it contains a beautiful, perfectly formed, story about the life of one man. Andreas Egger lives in a remote mountain […]

Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

 Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann Five words from the blurb: ordinary, German, postcards, attacking, Hitler Alone in Berlin begins in 1940 with a couple discovering that their only son has been killed fighting in France. Devastated by the news, the couple decide to drop postcards which attack Hitler across the city. This act […]

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach

Translated from the German by Doryl Jensen Five words from the blurb: knots, hair, Emperor, lifetime, belief The Carpet Makers is a science fiction story that contains enough elements to entertain everyone, including those who don’t normally enjoy the genre. It begins on a planet where the people have spent thousands of years weaving intricate carpets […]

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus

 Translated from the German by Steven T Murray Five words from the blurb: girls, vanished, convicted, mystery, solved Snow White Must Die is set in a small village near Frankfurt. Eleven years ago two teenage girls disappeared and 20-year-old Tobias was convicted of their murder, despite a lack of real evidence. After serving time in prison he […]

The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbeke

 Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch Five words from the blurb: German, family, issues, revolutions, understand Beside the Sea is one of my favourite books, but I’ve had less success with other Peirene releases. A few weeks ago Meike, the founder of Peirene Press, assured me that The Mussel Feast would be to my taste, […]

The Cow by Beat Sterchi

 Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann Five words from the blurb: cow, relationship, man, abattoir, village I was drawn towards The Cow because it is set in a small Swiss farming village at a time when Swiss mountain dogs were used to herd cattle and pull milk carts. As the owner of a Bernese […]