Thankfully, as in previous years, Lizzie of Lizzie’s Literary Life and Caroline of Beauty is a Sleeping Cat are hosting German Literature Month as of today. After dithering about whether to participate, what with the new job and all, I decided to do not only that, but to give it an additional touch by focussing on female authors. I’m trying to read more diversely, so both reading more German-language books and reading more books written by women fit in nicely with this. The “reading more German-language books” may come as a bit of a surprise – but with my living mostly in an English-language literary world (due in large parts to blogging) and my passion for Hispanic literature, I’ve found that my native language has been getting the shorter end of my reading stick. So I’m quite excited to do something about that. I’m also sneaking in one non-fiction title for good measure, even though it’s German Literature Month ;-).
Here’s what I’ve lined up:
- Jenny Erpenbeck: Aller Tage Abend (The End of Days), 2012
- Juli Zeh: Nullzeit (Decompression), 2012
- Anne Wizorek: Weil ein #Aufschrei nicht reicht: Für einen Feminismus von heute (not translated; roughly “Because an #Outcry is not enough: for a contemporary Feminism), 2014
I’m already reading (and enjoying) Aller Tage Abend, and I’m looking forward to reading the other two!
I also have a backup just in case I find more reading time than anticipated, for which I’ve relaxed the gender criterion: Er ist wieder da (Look Who’s Back) by Timur Vermes.
Thanks to Lizzie and Caroline for the great work they do with this project every year!