Books
A brutal coming of age in Nazi Germany
Book review: Story of Iowa teen, German POW could use deeper writing
German/French consulates host journalists at book reading
An American Jewish Author Now Calls Germany Home
2017-12-20 18:13:18 BERLIN — Deborah Feldman has learned to follow the sun. December marks the 31-year-old Brooklyn-raised writer’s fourth winter living in Berlin, a place notorious for its long, gray months, and by now she has it down: On the rare days when the cloud cover breaks, she hurries to her local market hall, a 100-year-old, light-flooded space in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood. There, the sun shines around noon, for an hour   Read More ...
Germany star Goetze writes children's book
2017-12-12 18:17:48 Berlin - Germany's Soccer World Cup winner Mario Goetze has started a sideline career as an author after releasing his illustrated children's book "Mario's Big Dream" on Tuesday to raise money for charity. "I have so much to thank football for and it is my wish to give something back to others and share something with them," the Borussia Dortmund midfielder told SID, an AFP subsidiary   Read More ...
Mohammed Hasan Alwan: Saudi Arabia 'Might Become a Totally Different Country'
2017-10-10 12:06:19 Mohammed Hasan Alwan, 38, was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, but now calls Toronto home. He's the author of five novels and is the recipient of this year's $50,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction in for his latest novel, "A Small Death." The book tells a fictional account of the life of Sufi saint Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi, who was born in Muslim Spain in the 12th century and died in Damascus   Read More ...
The Tin Drumby Gunter Grass
2017-09-02 14:43:51 In 2006, German writer and Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass stunned the world by announcing that he had been a member of the Waffen-SS during World War II. It was shocking mostly because Grass had written book after book, digging into Germany’s difficult Nazi past, and hid his own. But was he trying to square up to it through some of his protagonists, particularly Oskar Matzerath, the eternal three-year-old of The Tin Drum? Is his midget a sign of the collective cowardice that gripped a people during the Nazi years? In 1959, when The Tin Drum was first published, it was immediately recognised as another signpost of post war ‘rubble literature’ — books that were renewing the German language with words and ideas   Read More ...
A brutal coming of age in Nazi Germany
2017-09-01 12:33:20 March 1945, and Walter and Friedrich, young apprentices on a north German dairy farm, are drafted into the Waffen SS, serving out the final weeks of wartime in Hungary, in the teeth of the Russian advance and the brutality of the German collapse. The boys are plunged from childhood into the abyss, and this remarkable novel charts a most terrible coming of age   Read More ...
An Arsonist and His Femme Fatale Fiancée in ‘American Fire’
2017-07-13 00:06:39 AMERICAN FIRE. Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land. By Monica Hesse. Illustrated. 255 pages. Liveright. $26.95. A cautionary word, issued out of extreme admiration and enthusiasm for Monica Hesse’s “American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land”: Do not be deterred by its chewy beginning and gooey finish. The author introduces so many characters in her opening chapters that it feels like she’s emptying a tube of pickup sticks onto your head, and she offers enough dime-store aperçus in her closing chapters to make you hear them in the voice of Forrest Gump   Read More ...
Book review: Story of Iowa teen, German POW could use deeper writing
2017-07-07 12:07:51 “Stars Over Clear Lake,” by Loretta Ellsworth. St Martin’s Press. 312 pages. $26.99. By Betty J. CotterSpecial to The Journal “Stars Over Clear Lake,” by Loretta Ellsworth. St Martin’s Press. 312 pages. $26.99. If you like historical fiction, “Stars Over Clear Lake” has an intriguing setup: A farmer's young daughter finds herself torn between her high school boyfriend and the German prisoner of war working for her father   Read More ...
A Brief but Potent Scare in ‘You Should Have Left’
2017-07-03 23:34:26 The new book by the German-Austrian author Daniel Kehlmann, “You Should Have Left,” is a minor trick for him, but a neat one. This mind-bending novella about a writer losing his marbles contains images that startle and linger. Kehlmann was barely into his 30s when his lively novel “Measuring the World” (2005), set in the 19th century, about the naturalist Alexander von Humboldt and the mathematician Carl Gauss, made him a star in Germany   Read More ...
German/French consulates host journalists at book reading
2017-05-07 06:07:19 The Consulates of the Federal Republic of Germany and France are to host a book reading by culture journalists on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The reading by leading culture journalists in the country is to be from a book recently published under the auspices of Nigeria Arts and Culture Journalists and Arts Writers Organisation of Nigeria (AWON). The book entitled Route 234: An Anthology of Global Travel Writing, is a compilation of travel writings, travelogues and experiences of the journalists during their various travels around the world   Read More ...
Auroville offers German language course
2017-03-17 23:03:11 The Auroville Language Lab is starting a beginner-level German language learning certificate course. The registration for the course, which is of two-and-a-half months duration is open. The modules are designed to prepare those who want to take the German Beginners A1 Certificate exam from Goethe Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan in Chennai in early June. It is open to all. The course, which commences on March 20, will be conducted on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4   Read More ...
A Once-Forgotten Novel Unites Turkish Readers in Troubled Times
2017-02-27 00:28:13 ISTANBUL — A young Turkish man arrives in 1920s Berlin. Ignoring his business of soap manufacturing, he spends his days learning German and his nights reading books — especially the Russians, and especially Turgenev. He explores the city’s parks, its wide streets, its museums and art galleries. He is looking, as he put it, for something, “to sweep me off my feet.” He finds it one evening at a gallery,   Read More ...
How print beats digital in the book world
2017-01-30 17:23:37 BERLIN – If the media industry needed proof that it moved too quickly to devalue its print products on the way to chasing digital audiences, the book industry has been making a convincing case in the last few years. The rise of print book sales and decline in e-books in 2015 was no accident. Last year, the trend continued, and self-publishing in electronic form no longer seemed as good a   Read More ...
The latest in digital publishing: 5 new apps to keep an eye out for
2017-01-28 21:05:59 With Neuland 2.0, a "Startup Village for Digital Natives" returning to the Leipzig Book Fair in Germany later this year (March 23-26, 2017), we take a look at some of the most promising digital apps and programs in the publishing industry. Isle Audio has created "abook", an immersive sound experience for digital publishing, creating "a new way of reading ebooks." Reading becomes a multi-sensory experience, as the reader is immersed   Read More ...
New edition of Hitler's book is a best-seller in Germany
2017-01-04 12:55:51 BERLIN – An annotated edition of “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler’s notorious manifesto, has become a non-fiction best-seller in Germany. The publisher said Tuesday a sixth print run will go on sale later this month. Some 85,000 copies of the book have been sold since it was first published a year ago, according to the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History. The publisher spent years adding comments to Hitler’s original text in   Read More ...
Germany’s Latest Best Seller? A Critical Version of ‘Mein Kampf’
2017-01-04 02:49:28 Photo BERLIN — The dual-volume doorstop of a meticulously historically annotated version of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” was one of Germany’s best-selling works of nonfiction last year, its publisher said on Tuesday, announcing that it would bring out a sixth run at the end of the month. Originally published in the 1920s and banned for seven decades in Germany, the new version, “Hitler, Mein Kampf, A Critical Edition,” spent 35   Read More ...
After techno and street art, Berlin tackles graphic novels
2016-12-19 19:41:48 Hardly seen in bookstores just a few years ago, German-produced graphic novels now have their dedicated shelves, as not only homegrown artists but also foreign ones find inspiration in Berlin. "It was when I moved here that I felt a need to write," said Spanish author Alberto Madrigal, who moved to the German capital in 2007 and has since produced three graphic novels including his most recent, "Berlin 2.0". The   Read More ...
10 German books you have to read before you die
2016-11-14 19:02:10 From Nobel Prize winners to a book burned by the Nazis, this list takes a whistlestop tour through Germany's most influential books and authors. 1. Der Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) by Günter Grass (1959) In Der Blechtrommel, Oskar Matzerath narrates his life story from a mental hospital in the early 1950s. Born in 1924, Matzerath decided at the age of three to stop growing, retaining the stature of a child   Read More ...
Frankfurt fair shakes up book world with art, tech gadgets
2016-10-17 11:02:28 There will still be more books than you could ever read, but visitors to this week's Frankfurt Book Fair will also be invited to don virtual reality goggles, visit an interactive classroom and discover 3D-printed art as publishers plug into new technology. Organisers of the world's largest publishing event say the focus on art and technology is a logical next step as the creative industries become ever more connected. The   Read More ...
Epic father-daughter comedy picked for Oscars success
2016-08-25 18:39:27 Everyone knows there’s nothing quite like a tedious epic to whet an Oscar member’s appetite during voting season. So maybe it was with this in mind that the jury at German Films picked the 164-minute-long Toni Erdmann as Germany’s nomination for the 2017 Oscar for best foreign language film. But, if this was the reasoning for the decision announced on Thursday in Munich, the comparisons end there. Toni Erdmann is   Read More ...
Six easy ways to boost your German skills now
2016-07-23 02:08:49 1. Read your favourite children's book in German. Remember that book you couldn’t put down as a kid? Was it The Cat in the Hat? The BFG? If you know a children’s book inside out, try picking up a German translation. You know the general story anyway, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble figuring out what’s going on. I must have read the Harry Potter books at least   Read More ...
German pencil makers cash in on adult colouring craze
2016-04-06 12:25:25 Grown-ups are increasingly taking a step back into their childhood, grabbing a crayon or colouring pencil and sitting intently in front of a colouring book. It’s billed as being good for the soul - but there are also definite upsides good for the German companies who manufacture coloured pencils. Nuremberg-based Staedtler is one of them, and the craze has definitely not cut stress levels among workers at the company's factory.   Read More ...
Pippi Longstocking's Creator: Wartime Diaries Reveal the True Astrid Lindgren
2015-10-17 00:59:16 Who was the woman behind Pippi Longstocking?Freshly released wartime diaries along with a new biography revealAstrid Lindgren,author of some of the world's most beloved children's literature, to be as radical and determined as her best-known character.   Read More ...
Günter Grass Obituary: Farewell to Germany's Towering Literary Figure
2015-05-16 15:03:44 As a writer, he helped define postwar German literature. As a political activist, he helped shape the nation's conscience. For some 60 years, Günter Grass was one of the most influential figures in Germany.   Read More ...
The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up
2015-05-16 15:03:21 Many publishing houses don't allow their products to be lent out by digital libraries for fear of piracy. Articles and books by researchers are also affected. Readers are the ones who have to pay the price.   Read More ...
Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
2015-04-23 20:09:14 The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...