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Book awards: Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century

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The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil1
The Trial by Franz Kafka2
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann3
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin4
The Tin Drum by Günter Grass5
Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl by Uwe Johnson6
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann7
The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth8
The Castle by Franz Kafka9
Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend by Thomas Mann10

Award description

The Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century is a list of books compiled in 1999 by Literaturhaus München and Bertelsmann, in which 99 prominent German authors, literary critics, and scholars of German ranked the most significant German-language novels of the twentieth century.[1]

The group brought together 33 experts from each of the three categories.[2] Each was allowed to name three books as having been the most important of the century. Cited by the group were five titles by both Franz Kafka and Arno Schmidt, four by Robert Walser, and three by Thomas Mann, Hermann Broch, Anna Seghers and Joseph Roth.[1]


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