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About the Online Book Club

Read, discover, discuss – that’s the slogan of the Goethe-Institut’s Online Book Club. This blog focuses on English translations of German literature, newly-published titles and works by contemporary authors, as well as the classics. The Online Book Club is for anyone interested in literature and regularly presents a new book for you to read and discuss.

“Ach, wie gut ist es doch, unter lesenden Menschen zu sein.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

What's on

Next book up for discussion is “The End of Days” by Jenny Erpenbeck (translation: Susan Bernofsky) published by Portobello Books.

Jenny Erpenbeck is one of Germany's most prolific writers. She was born in East Berlin in 1967 and is the daughter of a philosopher and an Arabic translator. “The End of Days” examines what role destiny plays in our life. Eileen Battersby of the Irish Times called the book “a chilling and profound tapestry woven through the agonies of 20th-century European history” and “a miracle of a prose work.” Read the full review here.

The novel won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize this year.

We will start discussing it on
12 December.


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