Contemporary German Language Literature

Zeitgeist Contemporary Writers © colourbox.comZeitgeist Contemporary Writers © colourbox.comZeitgeist DC makes the richness of German-language literature accessible to English speakers by presenting an overview and informing about current trends in the literary scenes of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

A selection of leading contemporary authors and playwrights from Europe’s German-speaking countries is presented on this site, alongside news items about the German-language literary world. Related literary events in Washington further the cross-cultural dialogue, providing an opportunity to experience and discuss translated works with others.

A project of the Goethe-Institut Washington, the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington, and the Embassy of Switzerland.


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      Berlin Poetry Festival – Global Tones

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