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The Novel in German since 1990

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Stuart Taberner, Helmut Schmitz, Rebecca Braun, Anna Saunders, Georgina Paul, Moray McGowan, Katharina Gerstenberger, Kathrin Schödel, Stephen Brockmann, Julian Preece, Helen Finch, Alison Lewis, Lyn Marven, Mary Cosgove, Karina Berger, Anne Fuchs, Petra Fachinger, Monika Shafi
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  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107449305

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  • Diversity is one of the defining characteristics of contemporary German-language literature, not just in terms of the variety of authors writing in German today, but also in relation to theme, form, technique and style. However, common themes emerge: the Nazi past, transnationalism, globalisation, migration, religion and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and identity. This book presents the novel in German since 1990 through a set of close readings both of international bestsellers (including Daniel Kehlmann's Measuring the World and W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz) and of less familiar, but important texts (such as Yadé Kara's Selam Berlin). Each novel discussed in the volume has been chosen on account of its aesthetic quality, its impact and its representativeness; the authors featured, among them Nobel Prize winners Günter Grass, Elfriede Jelinek and Herta Müller demonstrate the energy and quality of contemporary writing in German.

    • The first survey of the contemporary novel in German to be published in English
    • Close readings of German, Austrian, Swiss, Turkish-German and Jewish writers including W. G. Sebald, Elfriede Jellinek and Günter Grass
    • Emphasises the diversity of modern German fiction as well as common themes
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    '… a volume for which one would wish a readership as attentive as its contributors are perspicacious.' David Midgley, Modern Language Review

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    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107449305
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the novel in German since 1990 Stuart Taberner
    2. Robert Schindel's Gebürtig (Born-Where) Helmut Schmitz
    3. Günter Grass's Ein weites Feld (Too Far Afield) Rebecca Braun
    4. Thomas Brussig's Helden wie wir (Heroes Like Us) Anna Saunders
    5. Christa Wolf's Medea: Stimmen (Medea: A Modern Retelling) Georgina Paul
    6. Zafer Şenocak's Gefährliche Verwandschaft (Perilous Kinship) Moray McGowan
    7. Monika Maron's Endmoränen (End Moraines) Katharina Gerstenberger
    8. Martin Walser's Ein springender Brunnen (A Gushing Fountain) Kathrin Schödel
    9. Michael Kleeberg's Ein Garten im Norden (A Garden in the North) Stephen Brockmann
    10. Christian Kracht's Faserland (Frayed-Land) Julian Preece
    11. Elfriede Jelinek's Gier (Greed) Helen Finch
    12. Karen Duve's Dies ist kein Liebeslied (This is Not a Love-Song) Alison Lewis
    13. Herta Müller's Herztier (The Land of Green Plums) Lyn Marven
    14. W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz Mary Cosgove
    15. Walter Kempowski's Alles umsonst (All for Nothing) Karina Berger
    16. F. C. Delius's Mein Jahr als Mörder (My Year as a Murderer) Anne Fuchs
    17. Yadé Kara's Selam Berlin Petra Fachinger
    18. Daniel Kehlmann's Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World) Stuart Taberner
    19. Günter Grass's Beim Häuten der Zwiebel (Peeling the Onion) Monika Shafi
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  • Editor

    Stuart Taberner, University of Leeds
    Stuart Taberner is Professor of German at the University of Leeds.

    Contributors

    Stuart Taberner, Helmut Schmitz, Rebecca Braun, Anna Saunders, Georgina Paul, Moray McGowan, Katharina Gerstenberger, Kathrin Schödel, Stephen Brockmann, Julian Preece, Helen Finch, Alison Lewis, Lyn Marven, Mary Cosgove, Karina Berger, Anne Fuchs, Petra Fachinger, Monika Shafi

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