Berlin beyond and. Photograph: Scott Wilson/Alamy
The ‘ignominy of unit and joy of reunification’ are merely the main journey whenever checking out Germany through its fiction• More in this show: Russia | Greece | France | Spain
G ermany, land of Dichter und Denker (poets and thinkers), has produced a number of the world’s finest literature, though its literary scene didn’t actually get started before the eighteenth century with heavyweight numbers such as for instance Goethe and Schiller. For contemporary readers interested in learning the united states, the 150 years after unification in 1871 are of many interest. The ignominy of division and the joy of reunification since becoming a modern nation state, Germany has seen intense industrialisation, two world wars, nazism and communism. With all this history, you will find various Germanys to read about, and I also have actually put together this list knowing that. As somewhere else, before the era that is postwar high-profile publications are by white men, nevertheless the proportion of female and BAME voices has increased since reunification, and is mirrored in my own newer alternatives.
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Lubeck. Photograph: Alamy