Welcome to our Book Club, which meets once a month in the Literatursalon of the Goethe-Institut Boston!
We meet to discuss contemporary German literature, from modern classics to more recent arrivals on the literary scene.
All books and discussions are in German.
Schedule and Titles:
Temporary Meeting Space for duration of Goethe-Institut renovation:
137 Jordan Road, Brookline
Goethe-Institut Boston Literatursalon
170 Beacon St., Boston
Info: +1 (617) 262-6050 or
Bodo Kirchhoff's Widerfahrnis, winner of the German Book Prize, tells the late love story of two people escaping from their failures on a trip to Sicily.
The Austrian author Ilse Aichinger died in November of 2016. Die größere Hoffnung is her only novel, published after the war in 1948.
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The novel follows the life of Theo Schadt, 72, which spirals out of control after he is betrayed by his closest (and only) friend.
Uwe Timm's documentary novel "Morenga" is historically closely related to Gerhard Seyfried's "Herero": the Nama uprising starts on the 4th October, only eight months after the Herero uprising. Timm pursues the rebellion through the eyes of the veterinarian Gottschalk until its suppression in 1907. On the 21st of September 1907, when Gottschalk sets out on his voyage back home, the Germans, with assistance from the English, beat up and kill Jakob Morenga, the leader of the Namas. In order to destroy the traditional tribal structures and to disempower the indigenous peoples economically and force them into labour, the land and cattle of the Herero and Hottentots are confiscated.
New York Times
Restaurant Dalmatia follows the journey of Mia, a photographer, who returns to her hometown Berlin and her aunt's restaurant Dalmatia where she was happiest growing up...
Part 3 of the autobiographical trilogy Alle Toten fliegen hoch, paperpack ed., 2017
The twenty-year-old narrator is accepted at a drama school in Munich and moves in with his eccentric grandmother and his solemn grandfather becoming a wanderer between two worlds.
Anna Segher's influental novel about migration and the search for identity was originally published in 1948 but its topics still ring true with contemporary readers.
Short List Germn Book Prize 2016
Skizze eines Sommers (Sketch of a Summer) is a warm, light-hearted novel about the best of all times and youth with its beautiful tragedy - first love, friendship, music, or books that you read over and over again. André Kubiczek knows how to describe a difficult age that is characterized by uncertainty, self-confidence, and trust.
Short Story, 2001
written 1951, published 2016 posthumously
During his lifetime, his publisher rejected the book because of "blatant disloyalty against the homeland". 65 years later, Siegfried Lenz's Der Überläufer suddenly leads the bestseller lists.
First published 1927
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