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Translated from German by Denis Jackson And so to the fourth multi-generational family tale I read for GLM VII, which turns out to be a precursor to the first.  Written in 1884 by Theodor Storm, the similarities witb Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks (1901) are striking.  It should come as no surprise – but it did, a […]

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In the interview with Denis Jackson, that I published yesterday, I shortened his answer to question 9.  The full response is so special that it deserves a post of its own.  So with profuse thanks to Denis Jackson, I herewith conclude GLM V with a world exclusive. 9) Are you tempted to translate Storm’s poetry? […]

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My intention for German Literature Month was, apart from the readalongs and Kleist, to discover new authors.  This post should have been a review of something by E T A Hoffman but after Vishy posted about Immensee during week 1, I found it utterly inconceivable that I should spend a month reading German literature and not pick up anything by […]

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There nothing more intriguing than a mystery surrounding an old painting.    This is the portrait of a dead child, a beautiful little boy,  perhaps five years old; the face rested on a lace-decorated cushion, and the child held a white water lily in his small, pale hand.  In one dark corner of the child’s portrait, four letters written in […]

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 … and he rode up the escalator to the first floor and selected a seat in the corner of the cafeteria with a view of the escalator and the small concourse Never mind the escalator at London City Airport.  Following his reading at this year’s Edinburgh Book Festival, William Boyd had a mountain to climb.  Let […]

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Theodor Storm (1817-1888) began his career as a lyric poet. He eventually turned to prose and the novella became his preferred medium. His poetic gift lent itself well to the form, enabling him to evoke mood, landscape and character with simple yet lyric majesty. He is the prime artisan of poetic realism. Many of his […]

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This volume contains 3 tales; Immensee, The Journey to the Hallig and Hans and Heinz Kirch. Immensee, the nostalgic love story I remember fondly, is so much more, as allegorical in its way as The Great Gatsby. Storm lived in a time of political upheaval, a time when ownership of his home state of Schleswig-Holstein […]

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GLM VII was an excellent month in which many authors and titles made their debut appearance on #germanlitmonth.  Thank you to the 30 participating bloggers from around the globe for making this such a special event. Drama Bernhard: Heldenplatz 1 Kehlmann: The Mentor 1 Features Author Profile: Larissa Boehning 1 Six Degrees of Separation: From Less than Zero […]

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It felt quieter than in previous years, though that may be relative, now that I’m able to check the linky more frequently.  In the end though, it wasn’t as quiet as it seemed.  30 bloggers contributed over 100 reviews!  That makes November a great month for German Literature. If there are any reviews still at […]

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Read 2017

95 Swallow Summer – Larissa Boehming 94 Memoirs of A Polar Bear – Yoko Tawada 93 Imperium – Christian Kracht 92 A Small Town in Germany – John Le  Carré 91 The Moth: All These Wonders 90 1917 Stories and Poems from The Russian Revolution 89 October – China Miéville 88 Autumn – Ali Smith […]

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