Guest Editor Judith Vonberg welcomes you to ‘German month’ on the European Literature Network
ELNet Director Rosie Goldsmith and I are thrilled to present ELNet’s first month-long exploration of the best German literature, in this case, from three countries – Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
It’s a chance to learn about, share and celebrate all that’s great about German literature – from Goethe to Grass, Fallada to Franck. Whether you’re an avid Germanophile or a curious newcomer to the world of German literature, this is the place to be this December.
All the content will be in English and most of the books we’ll be reviewing and discussing are available in English translation. German month is for everyone, however limited your German language skills!
Look out for my bite-sized daily videos, where I’ll review a different German book every day during December (yes, even on Christmas Day!). You can find these on YouTube here – or follow ELNet on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates.
One more highlight later in the month will be a bumper, crowd-sourced video, made up of 30-second reviews of German books sent from readers all over the world. Not to be missed!
On 15 December, we’ll be publishing ELNet’s monthly #RivetingReviews. We’ve got a cornucopia of translations and original German novels under review, from a forgotten gem by Hans Fallada to a breath-taking historical epic published this month.
I’ve also been lucky enough to meet some of the UK’s most passionate advocates of German literature. Look out for interviews with Charlotte Ryland and Jen Calleja, editor and acting editor of the wonderful New Books in German magazine, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and an interview with both Maclehose publisher Katharina Bielenberg and her husband Jamie Bulloch, an acclaimed translator.
There’s so much to look forward to and we want you, our readers, to get involved. Follow us on Twitter (@eurolitnet), on our Facebook page and on YouTube. Share our posts, tell us what you love (or not!) about German month and send us your own mini reviews of your favourite German books. Use the hashtag #ELNetGerman to be part of the conversation!
By Judith Vonberg