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Book awards: Sturm and Drang: 20 German Classics You Should Read Right Now

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Simplicissimus by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen1
The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings (Signet Classics) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe2
Hyperion by Friedrich Hölderlin3
The Devil's Elixirs by E. T. A. Hoffmann4
Debit and Credit by Gustav Freytag5
Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane6
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann7
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke8
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann9
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse10
The Trial by Franz Kafka11
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque12
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin13
The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch14
After Midnight by Irmgard Keun15
Transit by Anna Seghers16
The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse17
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass18
The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf19
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll20

Award description

For nearly 350 years, the German novel has used everything from history to philosophy to war to explore the nature of the human spirit. Its novels are not characterized by their length or their subject matter, but rather by their devotion to the cerebral. Whether it be the social realism of the 1800’s or the metafictional explorations of post-war life, the literary movements that dominated Europe throughout the ages served only as templates upon which these authors tackled some of life’s more prescient questions.


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