There is time for just one more pre-#germanlitmonth giveaway.  Actually this is also a pre-release date giveway!

Julia Franck won the German book Prize with The Blind Side of the Heart in 2007.  It remains my favourite translated German Book Prize winner to date.  I am, therefore, looking forward to her latest novel, West, which will be released in the UK, and Harvill Secker have kindly offered 5 copies to UK-based German Literature Month participants.

Here’s the blurb.

 Translated by Anthea Bell

Scientist Nelly Senff is desperate to escape her life in East Berlin. The father of her two children has supposedly committed suicide, and she wants to leave behind the prying eyes of the Stasi.

But the West is not all she hoped for. Nelly and her children are held in Marienfelde, a processing centre and no-man’s-land between East and West. There she meets Krystyna, a Polish woman who hopes that medical treatment in the West will save her dying brother; Hans, a troubled actor released from prison in the East; and John, a CIA man monitoring the refugees for possible Stasi spies. All lives cross here, and the cramped confines of the camp breed defamation and violence.

West is a devastating portrait of a mother in turmoil, trying to do the best for her children, as she attempts to escape her past and start a new life.


If you’re based in the UK and would like to read West, please leave a comment below. Let me know also if you’d like me to organise a #germanlitmonth book discussion sometime during the 3rd week of November.  Winners will be selected by some random process on Sunday 26th October.