German Literature Month in November was again an extremely interesting event, just like last year. The two unfatigable hosts Caroline (Beauty is a Sleeping Cat) and Lizzy (Lizzy’s Literary Life) once again created an event with plenty of opportunities to join in. In the end 44 bloggers had published 166 posts, mainly about fiction and poetry, but also including some featured articles and several non-fiction reviews.
Over the years, this event has become increasingly popular and the index on the website that links to all articles that were published in all editions of the German Literature Month has become a major resource for anyone who wants to get informed about German literature. Check it out, the variety of authors and opinions is truly amazing! (Thanks, Lizzy!)
Interestingly, the most reviewed author this year was Stefan Zweig (14 reviews of 12 works), followed by Schiller (10 posts related to Schiller’s works and books about Schiller). Goethe on the contrary was ignored by everybody – maybe we should include a Goethe week next year?
After several months of being not very active, this event has brought me back to blogging on a more regular basis. I discovered plenty of new books, got reminded of some others I should re-read again in the future and I also discovered a few book blogs which I hadn’t known before but will follow in the future. It was fun to read the comments and to comment myself sometimes. I read literally all reviews, but time restrictions prevented me so far to comment on all of them. Just like last year I thoroughly enjoyed this event, and just like last year, I won a giveaway, Ulrich Plenzdorf’s Werther novel which I will review one day of course. (Thanks, Caroline!)
This year, I published ten posts – compared to eight last year. Beside a featured anecdote about Jean Paul, nine of the posts were reviews:
Schilleriana (9 publications of Deutsche Schillergesellschaft)
Hans Magnus Enzensberger: New Selected Poems
Walther von der Vogelweide: Poems
Detlef Opitz: The Books Murderer
Jean Paul: The strange company at New Year’s Eve
Joseph Roth: Letters from Germany
Several of the books I had intended to read for German Lit Month, I had to postpone for the time being, while others popped up in the last moment. I reviewed/presented more poetry than last years and a bit less prose by contemporary authors. Who knows what I will be up to next year?!
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I got some interest – one person is “some” – in a readalong of Italian Journey for next year, the book’s 200th anniversary. So, assuming that happens, there will be some Goethe next year.
More is better, though.
Very welcome news, Tom. The Italian Journey is one of my favourites of the master. I read Dichtung und Wahrheit not long ago but haven’t managed yet to write a review. When I was in Frankfurt for the book fair this year, I paid of course a visit to the Goethe-Haus, his birthplace. Therefore I felt somehow morally obliged to tease you all a bit about “ignoring” Goethe. 🙂
I really enjoyed this year’s German Lit Month. As you say, it’s great to see how the event has grown in popularity.
Absolutely, Jacqui, it has grown in popularity and let’s look forward how it will be next year. I particular like the social aspect of this event, you feel that you are part of a living community – while blogging can be otherwise sometimes a very solitary experience.