Novels set in Germany

(48 Posts)
BasketzatDawn Fri 04-Jan-13 19:26:47

Either contemporary or old. Any suggestions?

TheLoneRanger Fri 04-Jan-13 19:33:43

Hans Fallada: Alone in Berlin.

There are loads of wartime ones (as is Alone in Berlin).

CaptainNancy Fri 04-Jan-13 19:34:09

The Reader by Schlink
More will come to me later...

MegBusset Fri 04-Jan-13 19:34:23

The Book Thief

MegBusset Fri 04-Jan-13 19:37:25

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

I loved The Bbok Thief.

SwedishEdith Fri 04-Jan-13 19:43:50

Douglas Kennedy- The Moment

harbingerofdoom Fri 04-Jan-13 19:45:14

I second Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada.

I read this before Christmas so it's quite clear in my mind. Not at all a normal 'war time' book.

I think it's quite thought provoking given our current political upheavals (EU).

TotallyTopical Fri 04-Jan-13 19:47:02

Was going to suggest the Book Thief as well!

Anything by Gunter Grass, although a lot of his are set in what is now part of Poland.

bran Fri 04-Jan-13 19:54:24

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Lilymaid Fri 04-Jan-13 19:54:59

Another (recent) John Le Carre: http://www.johnlecarre.com/books/a-most-wanted-man A Most Wanted Man]].

Alone in Berlin is okay.

I really like The Book Thief but lots of people on here hate it.

Dominion by CJ Sansom isn't set in Germany but is set in an England who had to surrender to Germany in WW2, so is interesting in that context.

All Quiet On The Western Front isn't set in Germany but is The Great War from the perspective of a German soldier and is absolutely brilliant.

tethersend Fri 04-Jan-13 20:07:57

Have just started Dominion, Remus- does it get better?

I also liked The Book Thief, and loved Alone in Berlin.

Have just finished reading A Woman In Berlin which was fascinating, but not a novel; one woman's factual account of the Russian invasion of Berlin at the end of WW2.

Winter by Len Deighton is very good- follows a German Family from the turn of the century to the end of WW2.

nkf Fri 04-Jan-13 20:09:42

Christopher Isherwood's novels.

It's not bad, Tethers - not as good as the Shardlakes. It scared me in places, which is quite unusual - just in the sense that it easily COULD have been true. I think it's a bit overlong and could have done with some tighter editing - but I think that about nearly everything anyway!

oricella Fri 04-Jan-13 20:12:41

Stones from the river, Ursula
Hegi ...

BasketzatDawn Fri 04-Jan-13 20:13:22

Great ideas. Thanks! I think I have several of those unread on my shelvesblush. Isn't that Sansom the anti- Scotland/SNP twerp? I read another Hans Fallada for A level decades ago. Good to see him translated nowadays. I think my son has Fatherland. Ta again thanks.

DuchessofMalfi Fri 04-Jan-13 20:13:58

Thomas Mann's novels.

BasketzatDawn Fri 04-Jan-13 20:15:02

Brilliant, more ideas while I was posting. I need to eat dinner but back anonthanks.

sleepyhead Fri 04-Jan-13 20:15:07

Yes, Christopher Isherwood "Goodbye to Berlin". It's the book that Cabaret was based on.

FloweryDrawers Fri 04-Jan-13 20:15:45

The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore. Won the Booker Prize in 2012.

FloweryDrawers Fri 04-Jan-13 20:17:05

Sorry - correction - I think it was just shortlisted.

PenelopeLane Fri 04-Jan-13 20:18:05

The new Ben Elton is set in Berlin - Two Brothers.

walkbesideme Fri 04-Jan-13 20:18:14

Pavel and I

willowstar Fri 04-Jan-13 20:21:23

There are the Bernie Gunther novels by Philip Kerr which are set in post war Germany from what I can remember.

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