Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

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 […]

Two Abandoned Nobels

 Translated from the German by Joachim Neugroschel The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004 Five words from the blurb: Vienna, emotional, self-destruction, intensity, porn The Piano Teacher is an unrelenting, intense tale of one woman’s self-destruction. Erika is a piano teacher who lives with her controlling mother. […]

The History of History – Ida Hattemer-Higgins

Five words from the blurb: Berlin, Nazi, ghosts, flesh,  grief The History of History is an outstanding piece of writing. It is original, moving and thought-provoking. I think it will scoop a host of literary awards this year and I hope you’ll read the rest of this review and decide to give it a try. […]