Read what people are talking about on the German-language book market

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Our selection of recent German-language fiction and non-fiction – drawn from leading German-language media – reflects current trends and recommendations coming directly from the respective book fairs.
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Autumn 2017

    Preface of the current issue
    Christoph Bartmann © Christoph Bartmann

    Books creating buzz

    By Christoph Bartmann
    In this autumn of discontent, we talk about politics far more than we used to, at home, with friends or at work. Especially about the triumph of right-wing populism, resentment and new nationalism, not just here and there, but practically world-wide. The time we spend on such matters reduces the amount of time we have to talk about books. Unless a book can be read as an answer to contemporary questions, which is unusual. Books that accompany such debates or even trigger them are rarely novels, but tend to be works of non-fiction. The most recent example of such a book in Germany was unexpected. Already seven years old when it was published, Returning to Reims (2016) is a book from France in which sociologist and Foucault biographer Didier Éribon’s reflects on his origins in working-class Reims, his cultural liberation from this milieu as a student in Paris and, decades later, the shock of realising that “ordinary people” in Reims have fallen prey to the National Front. Éribon’s essay was read in Germany as a commentary on the current situation. Here was a book that shows how the lurch to the right fits in with his own experience while at the same time finding terms to explain the phenomenon.More ...