German literature novels a must-read once
Their tales, settings and characters are captivating
Just like English literature, German literature also is at par excellence. Even the German literary world holds dear some of the greatest authors who have brought to paper subjects describing the life and the realm beyond. A lot of the German literature is also a reflection of the rich culture and diverse presence. Here is presenting a few German novels for you to add to your reading list.
Die unendliche Geschichte by Michael Ende
English title The Neverending Story, this novel is a fantasy novel that was published in 1979. The novel has been adapted into several films revolves around a lonely boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux. He is an overweight and strange child who, after the death of his mother, is neglected by his father. On one occasion, trying to escape some bullies, Bastian runs into a book store where he stumbles upon a book called The Neverending Story. He steals the book, hides in his school’s attic, and begins his journey of getting lost in the book. The book he reads is about a mysterious world that is under threat by The Nothing, and only a human can save the kingdom.
Die Verwandlung by Franz Kafka
English title The Metamorphosis, this book was published in 1915 and is counted among the most important 20th-century works of fiction. This captivating tale tells the story of salesman GregorSamsa, whose life transforms overnight. One day he wakes up in the morning only to find himself having transformed into a huge insect. The story further narrates his subsequent struggles and his journey to making adjustments to this new life condition.
Die Blechtrommel by Günter Grass
English title The Tin Drum is a 1959 novel and the first in Grass’s DanzigerTrilogie. The story of the novel revolves around the life of young Oskar Matzerath, who narrates it as he is confined in a mental hospital. The narration shows how born with an adult’s capacity for thought and perception; he decides never to grow up when he hears his father declare that he would become a grocer. This novel was also adapted into a 1979 film that won both the 1979 Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980. The other two novels, Dog Years and Cat and Mouse, complete the Danzig trilogy.
A few other German literature novels are Insane by Rainald Goetz, Babylon Berlin by Volker Kutscher, Perfume by Patrick Süskind, Homo Faber by Max Frisch, TimmThaleroder Das verkaufteLachen by James Krüss, Demian by Herman Hesse and Momo – Michael Ende.