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 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. Previous Editions 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.