Contemporary Literature

Contemporary German literature at a glance


  • Else Lasker-Schüler Event © Hilmar B. Trager
    We are celebrating the famous German-Jewish Expressionist writer Else Lasker-Schüler with an evening of poetry and presentations. Join us for readings by John Nettles and Claudia Gahrke on 6 December!
  • Collision © Argument Verlag
    Read the interview with author Merle Kröger and filmmaker Philip Scheffner whose novel and documentary were inspired by the encounter of a cruise ship and a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean.
  • New Books in German Covers Photo: Goethe-Institut London/Magnus Pölcher
    Find out what's new on the German literature scene.
  • Documentation © CC0 Creative Commons
    Check out our upcoming and past literature events.

Upcoming Events

Meet authors and translators at our events and find new books to your taste in one of our book clubs.

Past Events

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Literature News

What's new on Germany's literature scene? Discover the latest news on the German book market, authors and publishers.

New Books in German

Reviews of new German-language titles - a selection from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

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Cultures in Translation

Information on translations, translators, publishers and more

Translation funding

Our translation funding programme supports the publication of books by German authors in another language.

Translation Awards

Goethe-Institut Award for New Translation
Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German translation