Book Blog: Literary Tastings © Goethe-Institut Glasgow Each month we pick a book that has made waves in the UK recently and we pair it up with an equally wonderful German book with a similar feel. Tell me more © Carl Hanser Verlag / Peirene Press January 2023Katja Oskamp: Marzahn, mon amour Fans of James Herriot‘s gentle humour will enjoy Katja Oskamp’s Marzahn, mon amour. Previous Editions © S. Fischer Verlage / Dialogue Books December 2022Olivia Wenzel: 1000 Coils of Fear Olivia Wenzel's debut novel is reminiscent in parts of the best of Jeanette Winterson. © Dalkey Archive Press November 2022Arno Camenisch: Behind the Station If Wioletta Greg’s novella Swallowing Mercury drew you in, you might want to add Arno Camenisch’s Behind the Station to your TBR pile. © Indigo Press October 2022Anne Weber: Epic Annette If you enjoyed Inua Ellams’ The Half-God of Rainfall, spend some time with Anne Weber’s biography-in-verse Epic Annette. © V&Q Books September 2022Mithu Sanyal: Identitti Mithu Sanyal’s debut novel offers playful parallels with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. © Scribe Publications August 2022Nino Haratischvili: The Eighth Life (For Brilka) If you enjoyed the wide-ranging storytelling in White Teeth, then make sure you add Nino Haratischvili’s The Eighth Life (For Brilka) to your TBR pile. © Shearsman Books July 2022Ulrike Draesner: This Porous Fabric Ulrike Draesner’s poetry offers fans of Scotland’s beloved Edwin Morgan much to love. © Profile Books June 2022Kübra Gümüşay: Speaking and Being Kübra Gümüşay’s Speaking and Being offers a thought-provoking companion piece to Emma Dabiri’s What White People Can Do Next. © Quercus May 2022Romy Hausmann: Dear Child If the twists of Gone Girl drew you in, take a moment to check out Romy Hausmann’s Dear Child. © Granta March/April 2022Jenny Erpenbeck: Not a Novel Fans of Marilynne Robinson’s essays will find themselves drawn in by Jenny Erpenbeck’s Not a Novel. © SelfMadeHero February 2022Reinhard Kleist: Knock Out! If you enjoyed the film I, Tonya, you might enjoy the graphic novel Knock Out! © Suhrkamp Verlag / Text Publishing January 2022Sasha Marianna Salzmann: Beside Myself If you enjoyed the setting and ensemble cast of Elif Shafak’s The Bastard of Istanbul, we recommend Sasha Marianna Salzmann’s Beside Myself. © Polity Books December 2021Karl Schlögel: The Scent of Empires Fans of Neil MacGregor’s approach to history may enjoy Karl Schlögel’s The Scent of Empires. © DAS November 2021Ijoma Mangold: The German Crocodile Mangold’s memoir – located between Germany and Nigeria – shares an emotional depth and a sense of humour with Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road. © Unnamed Press October 2021Helene Bukowski: Milk Teeth If The End We Start From whetted your appetite for eco-fiction, we think you’ll love Helene Bukowski’s debut Milk Teeth. © SelfMadeHero September 2021Barbara Yelin and Thomas von Steinaecker: The Summer of her Life If you enjoyed Mary and Bryan Talbots’ Dotter of her Father’s Eyes, we recommend Barbara Yelin and Thomas von Steinaecker’s graphic novel The Summer of her Life. © Pushkin Press July 2021Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz: The Passenger If John Buchan’s The 39 Steps had you riveted, we recommend Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz’s The Passenger. © Scribe Publications June 2021Maike Wetzel: Elly If Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time intrigued you, we can recommend Maike Wetzel’s Elly. © Scribe Publications May 2021Anke Stelling: Higher Ground If you find yourself drawn to A. L. Kennedy’s rich but uncomfortable storytelling, you might enjoy Anke Stelling’s Higher Ground. © Seagull Books April 2021Christa Wolf: One Day a Year Fans of Alan Bennett’s Keeping On Keeping On should pick up Christa Wolf’s One Day a Year: 2001–2011. © Maclehose Press March 2021Judith Schalansky: An Inventory of Losses Avid readers of Rebecca Solnit should check out German author Judith Schalansky. © V&Q Books February 2021 Lucy Fricke: Daughters If you loved Fleabag for the way it brought women and their relationships to the fore, we’d recommend checking out Lucy Fricke’s Daughters. Cover © Oneworld Publications January 2021 Olga Grjasnowa: City of Jasmine Did you love Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West – or were you put off by the novel’s magical realism? Either way, we recommend Olga Grjasnowa’s City of Jasmine. Cover © Jonathan Cape December 2019Erich Kästner: Emil and the Detectives With Erich Kästner’s Emil and the Detectives, enjoy a holiday adventure to rival Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons. Cover © Vintage November 2019Juli Zeh: The Method Whether you were a fan of Dave Eggers’ The Circle or were left wanting something more, try Juli Zeh’s dystopian novel The Method. Cover © Pushkin Press October 2019Stefan Zweig: The World of Yesterday Whether you fell in love with Mitteleuropa through Philip Pullman or are a fan of Marilyn Robinson’s essays, Stefan Zweig’s autobiography is a fascinating, revealing read. Cover © MIT Press September 2019Seasonal Associate: questioning the world of work If you like Kate Briggs or Maggie Nelson, you might want to pick up Heike Geissler’s Seasonal Associate. Cover © Other Press July 2019All Russians Love Birch Trees: Citizens of Nowhere Looking for a summer read to follow on from Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk? Try All Russians Love Birch Trees, by Olga Grjasnowa. Cover © SelfMadeHero June 2019Arne Bellstorf: Baby’s in Black If Marjane Satrapi‘s Persepolis whetted your appetite for graphic novels, add Arne Bellstorf’s Baby’s in Black to your TBR pile. Cover © Serpent's Tail May 2019Gentleman Jack: We were always here Fans of Sarah Waters will enjoy Angela Steidele’s Gentleman Jack. Cover © Orenda Books April 2019Blue Night: Crime novels which buck expectations If you can’t get enough of Christopher Brookmyre, take a moment to check out Simone Buchholz’s Blue Night. Cover © Puffin Books March 2019Momo: when time stood still Michael Ende’s Momo is the perfect read for fans of Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching who aren’t quite old enough for Philip Pullman’s The Northern Lights. Cover © Portobello Books February 2019Memoirs of a Polar Bear: Studies in Snow If you’re a fan of Angela Carter’s off-kilter storytelling in Nights at the Circus, you might enjoy Yoko Tawada’s Memoirs of a Polar Bear. Cover © Andersen Press January 2019The road trip Holden Caulfield never took Looking for a coming of age story to follow on from The Catcher in the Rye? Wolfgang Herrndorf’s Why We Took the Car bottles teen alienation for a road trip adventure. Cover © Seagulls Books December 2018Ulrike Almut Sandig: ‘But I won’t say a word…’ Fans of Rachel McCrum’s The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate might like to check out Ulrike Almut Sandig’s Thick of it. Cover © Pushkin Press November 2018Before the Feast: rewriting the old stories Readers of Ali Smith might enjoy losing themselves in this novel by Saša Stanišić. Cover © Sandstone Press October 2018Babylon Berlin: Politics to the sound of the cocaine blues If John Le Carré’s Call for the Dead had you on the edge of your seat, you should investigate Volker Kutscher’s Babylon Berlin. Cover © Chicken House Press September 2018The Thief Lord: on the trail of winged lions Drawn in by Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the River Sea? Check out Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord for more journeys to remarkable places. Cover © Arc Publications August 2018Jan Wagner: Telling it slant Fans of Don Paterson's 40 Sonnets might want to check out Jan Wagner's poetry. Cover © Portobello books July 2018Jenny Erpenbeck’s The End of Days: A whole World of Reasons If you like Kate Atkinson’s novel Life After Life, you might also enjoy Jenny Erpenbeck's The End of Days. Cover © Serpent's Tail June 2018Judith Hermann: Silence Speaks Volumes If you like Tove Jansson's short stories, you might also enjoy Judith Hermann's Letti Park. Back to "Literature and Translation"