Welcome to our monthly Book Club.
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
German Book Prize 2017
With great dramaturgical skill, Menasse light-handedly digs into the deepest layers of this world we call our own – making unmistakably clear that, among other things, the economy alone will not be able to guarantee us a peaceful future. Those who are undermining the peace project that is Europe are among us – not infrequently, 'the others' are we ourselves.
Hanns Zischler's story is a literary gem of enormous narrative power. Through the precision of observation and the concentration on the individual, Hanns Zischler manages to capture the atmosphere of a time in which – despite trauma and loss – a deep dignity and strength was hidden.
Lehrstück ohne Lehre
Theaterstück, 1958 in Zürich uraufgeführt
At the center of Max Frisch's "Lehrstück ohne Lehre" is Gottlieb Biedermann, a manufacturer of hair oil, who does nothing against the breaking evil out of cowardice and ignorance and thus initiates his own downfall.
Biedermann und die Brandstifter is next to Andorra the most famous drama by Max Frisch. It has been staged on numerous stages since its premiere and is one of the most frequently read titles in German lessons. The print edition already reached one million in 1982.
In his novel Tyll, published in 2017, Daniel Kehlmann transfers the figure of the Eulenspiegel to the Thirty Years War and tells of the emotional devastation caused by violence.
Gertrud Leutenegger's novel takes place in the spring of 2010, when the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano halted European air traffic.
The subtle, tragicomic grotesque "Der Kontrabass", which is peppered with bitter ideas, is an ingenious litter, precisely because Patrick Süskind has brought his art into a seemingly trivial form.