November 2021 Wrap-Up – German Literature Month

As is always the case, November was spent catching up on some German-language reading, so thanks are due to Lizzy and Caroline, the hosts of the German Literature Month event, which I participated in this year for the eleventh time.  There were the usual reviews (see below), and while I didn’t have time to come up with a big translation this year, there was a little sneak peek at an extract from a book I also reviewed, so please check that out.

Of course, as you may have noticed, one non-Germanic review did slip through, with my little helper looking at another of her favourite series.  The link to that review can also be found later in the post, but let’s get through the formalities first – this way, please, for the monthly stats 🙂

Total Books Read: 13
Year-to-Date: 143

New: 7
Rereads: 6

From the Shelves: 12
Review Copies: 1
From the Library: 0
On the Kindle: 0 (0 review copies)

Novels: 6
Novellas: 4
Short Stories: 2
Non-Fiction: 1

Non-English Language: 13
(11 German, Korean, Romanian)
In Original Language: 11 (11 German)

Books Reviewed in November were:
1) Die letzte Welt (The Last World) by Christoph Ransmayr
2) Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing)
     by Joseph von Eichendorff
3) Unheimliche Heimat (Uncanny Homeland) by W.G. Sebald
4) Ein Doppelgänger & Carsten Curator by Theodor Storm
5) Rise of the Mythix 4: Legends Unite by Anh Do
6) Aus den Papieren eines Wärters (From the Papers of a Prison Guard)
     by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
7) Ich (I) by Wolfgang Hilbig
8) Das Kunstseidene Mädchen (The Artificial Silk Girl) by Irmgard Keun
9) Mit anderem Blick (From a Different Perspective) by Christa Wolf
10) Am Südhang (On Southern Slopes) by Eduard Graf von Keyserling

Tony’s Turkey for November is: Nothing

Definitely no turkeys in November – I wonder if we’ll fit in another before Christmas dinner…

Tony’s Recommendation for November is:
Wolfgang Hilbig’s Ich

There were a lot of enjoyable books on the menu this month, but when it came to the crunch, it was a straight choice between two excellent, albeit very different novels.  In the end, East Germany triumphed over Austria in a penalty shoot-out, but I’d certainly recommend Ransmayr’s tale of a voyage to the outskirts of the Roman Empire just as much as Hilbig’s down and dirty take on life as a Stasi informer.

I have a few review copies I want to get to in December, but the final month of the year does tend to develop a little less rigidly than is normally the case, so expect the unexpected next month.  Of course, as we draw closer to the end of the year, there’s also the small matter of the annual awards posts to think about.  I’d better be off, then, as I need to do some reading and look back at what caught my eye this year – more on that next time 😉

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