Fiction based in Germany?

(53 Posts)
kazzawazzawoo Sun 18-May-14 11:10:30

Can anyone recommend any fictional books based in Germany? Not necessarily about the war (I have read lots already), but also current day ones.

OverAndAbove Sun 18-May-14 15:48:51
mousmous Sun 18-May-14 15:55:30

craig russel - blood eagle

DocDaneeka Sun 18-May-14 16:10:01

Le Carre or Deighton for some cracking Cold War fiction.

PartialFancy Sun 18-May-14 16:14:46

There's a recent Le Carré set in current Germany: A Most Wanted Man.

Gremlingirl Sun 18-May-14 16:15:09

The Moment by Douglas Kennedy is lovely.

kazzawazzawoo Sun 18-May-14 17:06:16

Great, thanks, I'll take a look at these smile

DocDaneeka Sun 18-May-14 17:57:02

That's true Partial. It's a good one too.

kazzawazzawoo Sun 18-May-14 19:46:45

Not too keen on spy stories, would love to read something contemporary.

AphraBane Sun 18-May-14 20:04:07

4 books about Berlin

Two books by Thomas Brussig (he's written more, but these two have been translated into English):

Heroes like Us
At the Shorter End of Sonnenallee

Hans Fallada: Alone in Berlin is rather good (but better in German)

Sven Regener: Berlin Blues

DirtyBlonde Sun 18-May-14 20:08:50

Death in Berlin by MM Kaye, a very readable murder mystery (one of a series of "Murder in ..." books set in the various places she knew as a trailing spouse).

kazzawazzawoo Mon 19-May-14 20:32:18

Thanks for the suggestions.

It seems everything based in Germany is either during WWII or spy/thriller stories. I'm looking more for something about everyday life over there, but may have to start reading German instead - I can, but find it slow going these days, it's nearly 20 years since I moved back to the UK.

BrianButterfield Mon 19-May-14 20:35:09

I'm reading The Girl on the Stairs by Louise Welsh - that's set in contemporary Berlin.

RuinedAndNotorious Mon 19-May-14 20:45:59

All That I Am by Anna Funder is very good, but it is set mostly during WWII.
Let us know if you do find anything more contemporary! There was a thread the other week about reading your way round Europe with recommendations for books set in each country. Might be worth searching for it to see the suggestions for Germany.

mousmous Mon 19-May-14 20:48:21

not crime or war, rather modern classics.
= patrick suskind (the guy who wrote 'the perfume') 'double bass'
= robert schneider 'brother of war'
= heinrich mann 'the blue angel'

kazzawazzawoo Mon 19-May-14 20:49:04

Thanks, both of those look interesting, I've downloaded sample chapters from Amazon. I'll search for the thread you mentioned, Ruined.

mousmous Mon 19-May-14 20:49:11

sorry 'brother of sleep' not war

kazzawazzawoo Mon 19-May-14 22:08:23

Thanks mous I'll have a look for y them.

Gremlingirl Tue 20-May-14 14:00:49

My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss is good too. It's not fiction but is all about living in Germany, German food and has some really lovely recipes. I live in Germany at the minute but am moving back to the UK soon, and it's the book I know I'll read and cry over when I'm really missing Germany!

kazzawazzawoo Tue 20-May-14 16:06:11

Gremlingirl that looks great and I've downloaded a sample to my kindle, although thinking possibly a book would be better, as there' s probably photos in it.

kazzawazzawoo Tue 20-May-14 16:24:54

I found the thread about Europe thanks, very helpful.

BasketzatDawn Sun 25-May-14 21:36:53

Have you tried Jenny Erpenbeck and Judith Hermann? Contemporary writers. JE's noted one is Visitation. JH has written Alice, same title in German and in English. Also some short stories which are very good. There's more but I can't recall titles. blush

dingalong Sun 25-May-14 22:12:37

Christopher Isherwood ?

Valsoldknickers Sun 25-May-14 22:23:14

Lurker but have now joined at last! How about 'Until the final hour' by Traudl Junge who was Hitler's Secretary? Not a tale about ordinary German folk but really interesting all the same.

EduardoBarcelona Mon 26-May-14 11:57:15

berlin wall my part in its downfall is good too

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