Berlin … and past. 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 few of the world’s literature that is finest though its literary scene didn’t actually get started through to the eighteenth century with heavyweight numbers such as for instance Goethe and Schiller. For contemporary visitors interested in the nation, the 150 years after unification in 1871 are of most 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 elsewhere, before the era that is postwar high-profile publications are by white men, however the proportion of female and BAME voices has grown since reunification, and it is mirrored in my own more modern alternatives.
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann