What the autumn of German-speaking literature promises

Berlin (dpa) – The (Nobel Prize winners), cult filmmaker and renowned musician: The fall of German-speaking literature promises to be interesting. Werner Herzog surprises with a new novel, Herta Müller is also back at work.

Readers can also expect news from book award winners Clemens Meyer and Julia Franck. What is striking is that many titles are played in the GDR or Germany, which came together from an early age. An overview of the second half of the period of literature.

MAXIM BILLER: In his new novel “The Wrong Greetings”, Maxim Biller tells the story of the budding writer Erck Dessauer, who signed a contract with the best publishing house of the republic in Berlin in the 2000s. If there wasn’t a competitor trying to steal his subject. And then there is Erck’s father, who has been abandoned twice: once by his wife and once by the GDR. A pain that not only shaped him, but also his son. “Maxim Biller tells the story of someone who gets angry with Germany because he wants to enter at all costs: in society, in the spotlight of companies, in the Valhalla of the new reunified nation”, writes the Kiepenheuer & Witsch publishing house. , where the book will be released on August 19.

JENNY ERPENBECK: Jenny Erpenbeck has received numerous awards in Belgium and abroad for her 2015 novel “Gehen, geht, iegen”, and Berliner’s new book has just been released. “Kairos” tells the love story between 19-year-old Katharina and Hans, a married man in his 50s. They met in Berlin at the end of the 1980s. Against the backdrop of the decline of the GDR and upheavals after 1989, Erpenbeck recounts the “journey of two lovers in the border zone between truth and lie”, as the advertisement. editor. To be released by Penguin on August 30th.

JULIA FRANCK: The new autobiographical novel by Julia Franck, winner of the German Book Prize, tells the story of a youth in the GDR. Julia was born (as an author) in East Berlin. She was eight years old when her mother took her and her sisters to the West, first to the Marienfelde emergency center, then to Schleswig-Holstein. Like the 51-year-old writer in his youth, the protagonist couldn’t stand it – and moved to Berlin on his own at the age of thirteen. The schoolgirl receives social assistance, makes a living cleaning up, meets her father – and also her first true love. Publisher S. Fischer publishes “Des mondes à part” on October 13.

WERNER HERZOG: Like one of his most famous films (“Fitzcarraldo”), Werner Herzog’s new book is set in the jungle. In “Dawn of the World”, the great filmmaker and author tells the story of Officer Hiroo Onoda who, after Japan’s surrender in World War II, remained alone on a Pacific island until 1974 to defend his homeland. Herzog personally met this man who hid in the jungle for decades and fought there with nature and his own demons. “His first book in many years is a brilliant and moving dance of the meaning and the nonsense of our existence,” says the Hanser Verlag, where the book will appear on 23 August.

EVA MENASSE: In the small Austrian town of Dunkelblum, the locals know everything about each other, and a terrible crime in the past connects the locals. Eva Menasse’s new novel is set in late summer 1989. While hundreds of refugees from the GDR are already waiting behind the neighboring border with Hungary, a puzzling visitor arrives in the city and things suddenly start to fall. to fall. to move. Traces of ancient crimes emerge. In “Dunkelblum”, the bestselling author Menasse draws up “a great historical panorama taking the example of a small town”, as the publishing house Kiepenheuer & Witsch (in stores from August 19) promises.

CLEMENS MEYER: The award-winning Leipzig Clemens Meyer (“When We Dreamed”) goes underground in its new volume of stories. The texts of “Stäube” take place in caves or mines, for example, announced the publisher. These are landscapes that inspire the imagination, but which are also associated with loss. Photos by photographer Bertram Kober are included in the stories volume. Faber & Faber will release the new 43-year-old book in September.

HERTA MÜLLER: Is it poetry with matching illustrations or images with text elements? The kind of genre that Nobel Laureate Herta Müller pursues with her collages is a matter of interpretation. What is certain is that this writing technique has fascinated the author for a long time – and has now given rise to a new volume. “The official said” plays “in a reception camp in a small German town,” writes the Hanser Verlag. What readers can expect: Characters like the official “Mr. Fröhlich from test station B.”, ridiculous conversations and unintentionally funny exchanges of punches. In stores from August 23.

SVEN REGENER: Anyone who missed HR Ledigt, Frank Lehmann, P.Immel and other characters in the Regener universe can be happy. Sven Regener’s new novel “Glitterschnitter” is directly linked to its predecessor “Wiener Straße”. This is the group Glitterschnitter, which Ferdi, Raimund and Karl Schmidt founded to reinvent music from top to bottom using a drill. Various other familiar faces are also there. A novel which, as usual at Regener, promises a sitcom and moving moments (from September 9 at Galiani-Berlin).

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