Contemporary Literature

Contemporary German literature at a glance

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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.

Literary Tastings

New edition for 2021
What are people reading in Germany and Great Britain these days? We bring together the writers people are talking about.

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 and Schlegel-Tieck Prize for German translation

The Awardees 2020 f.l.t.r.: Zukiswa Wanner © Brian Otieno, Elvira Espejo Ayca © Michael Dunn, Ian McEwan © Annalena Mcafee

Awardees of the Goethe Medal 2020

This decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany honours luminaries who have performed outstanding service for the German language and for international cultural relations. The awardees in 2020 are South African writer, publisher and curator Zukiswa Wanner, Bolivian artist and museum director Elvira Espejo Ayca and British author Ian McEwan.