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Books that Travel 2024

Great stories travel and translate well. Promoting literary translation fosters cultural exchange and enriches the global literary landscape. There are several tools to help books travel across linguistic borders. These include recognition and awards for translators and translated fiction and non-fiction books; educational initiatives that bring literary translation to schools and universities; translation grants and fellowships; book festivals, books fairs – especially those with Guest of Honour programmes - and literary events; collaborations between publishers in different countries; government-funded translation programmes; translators residencies; translators associations and initiatives; book clubs that focus on translated literature. Perhaps you can think of a few more. 

These tools can all be harnessed to help create a more inclusive and diverse literary landscape that reflects the richness of global storytelling. Promoting literary translation is a celebration of cultural diversity and an investment in fostering understanding and empathy across borders. In this spirit, we are happy to present below a selection of books translated into English from German that have recently been published. Let’s raise a glass to the translators, publishers, advocates, librarians, and all those who work in the promotion of translated literature, mining for German-language gems they can bring to a broader audience through translation into English. Prost! 

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At No Time Cover

At No Time

Original: Zu keiner Stunde

The vignettes in At No Time each begin in familiar situations, often set in Vienna or other Austrian cities, but...

The vignettes in At No Time each begin in familiar situations, often set in Vienna or other Austrian cities, but immediately diverge into supernatural or fantastical situations or strange encounters. The author was a member of the Gruppe 47 writers’ group which sought to renew German-language literature after World War II.

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-80309-144-0
Author:
Ilse Aichinger
Pages:
144
Shining Sheep Cover

Shining Sheep: Poems 

Original: Leuchtende Schafe

In Ulrike Almut Sandig’s latest volume of poetry, it is only a leap from the creation of the world to...

In Ulrike Almut Sandig’s latest volume of poetry, it is only a leap from the creation of the world to the symphony of the Berlin metropolis.

Publisher:
Topic:
Poetry
ISBN:
978-1-80309-252-2
Author:
Ulrike Almut Sandig
Pages:
132
Sisters in Arms

Sisters in Arms

Original: Drei Kameradinnen

Shida Bazyar tells a powerful story about the tensions and monstrosities that determine the everyday lives of three young women...

Shida Bazyar tells a powerful story about the tensions and monstrosities that determine the everyday lives of three young women - Hani, Kasih and Saya – who have been friends since they were young.

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-915590-20-6
Author:
Shida Bazyar
Pages:
288
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Tasting Sunlight 

Original: Alte Sorten

An extraordinary bond develops between an angry teenage runaway and a middle-aged woman running a large farm on her own,...

An extraordinary bond develops between an angry teenage runaway and a middle-aged woman running a large farm on her own, as they work the land and slowly heal. 

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-914585-14-2
Author:
Ewald Arenz
Pages:
229
Woodwalkers Book 3 Cover

Holly's Secret - Book 3 of The Woodwalkers

Original: Woodwalkers (3). Hollys Geheimnis

The third book in The Woodwalkers, a shapeshifting adventure series....

The third book in The Woodwalkers, a shapeshifting adventure series.

Publisher:
Topic:
Children’s/young adult book
ISBN:
978-1-64690-022-0
Author:
Katja Brandis
Pages:
250
The Visionaries Cover

The Visionaries – Arendt, Beauvoir, Rand, Weil and the Salvation of Philosophy 

Original: Feuer der Freiheit: Die Rettung der Philosophie in finsteren Zeiten

Simone de Beauvoir, Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil and Ayn Rand: Wolfram Eilenberger describes the dramatic lives of the most influential...

Simone de Beauvoir, Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil and Ayn Rand: Wolfram Eilenberger describes the dramatic lives of the most influential female philosophers of the 20th century with great narrative skill. Amidst the turmoil of the Second World War, they lay the foundations for a truly free, emancipated society as refugees and resistance fighters, the ostracised and the enlightened.

Publisher:
Topic:
Non-fiction
ISBN:
978-0-241-53737-4
Author:
Wolfram Eilenberger
Pages:
400
Kairos Cover

Kairos

Original: Kairos

Berlin. 11 July 1986. They meet by chance on a bus. She is a young student, he is older and married....

Berlin. 11 July 1986. They meet by chance on a bus. She is a young student, he is older and married. Theirs is an intense and sudden attraction, fuelled by a shared passion for music and art, and heightened by the secrecy they must maintain. Against the backdrop of the declining GDR and the upheaval after 1989, award-winning author Jenny Erpenbeck tells of the abysses of happiness in her unmistakable language.

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-78378-612-1
Author:
Jenny Erpenbeck
Pages:
304
The Inmate Cover

The Inmate

Original: Der Insasse

Bestselling author Sebastian Fitzek sends you on an ingeniously disturbing journey with his brand new psychological thriller. A missing child....

Bestselling author Sebastian Fitzek sends you on an ingeniously disturbing journey with his brand new psychological thriller. A missing child. A desperate father. A terrible secret.

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-80454-234-7
Author:
Sebastian Fitzek
Pages:
384
In the long run we're all dead Cover

In The Long Run We’re All Dead  

Original: Zu Keynes passt das nicht. Vom Leben und Sterben großer Ökonomen

In the Long Run We’re All Dead tells us about the lives of great economists and how they developed the theories...

In the Long Run We’re All Dead tells us about the lives of great economists and how they developed the theories for which they became famous, explaining these often-complex ideas – of Utilitarianism, of Social Costs, and the Endowment Effect, to name just a few – in a style that is engaging, irreverent, and comic. 

Publisher:
Topic:
Non-fiction
ISBN:
978-3-946334-52-1
Author:
Björn Frank
Pages:
152
Dracula Park

Dracula Park

Original: Die nicht sterben

Winner of the Swiss Book Prize and nominated for the German Book Prize, this book set in post-Communist Romania, on...

Winner of the Swiss Book Prize and nominated for the German Book Prize, this book set in post-Communist Romania, on the border with Transylvania, is an atmospheric tale of revenge and extremism. When a mutilated corpse is discovered in the family crypt of Prince Vlad the Impaler, the mayor plans a vampire-themed amusement park. But this will be the kiss of death for the place and its people.

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-914518-21-8
Author:
Dana Grigorcea
Pages:
206
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Love in a Time of Hate: Art and Passion in the Shadow of War

Original: Liebe in Zeiten des Hasses

Love in a Time of  interweaves some of the greatest love stories of the 1930s with the darkening backdrop of...

Love in a Time of  interweaves some of the greatest love stories of the 1930s with the darkening backdrop of fascism in Europe, in a journey into the past that brings history and its actors to vivid life.Contact for foreign rights: foreignrights@fischerverlage.de

Publisher:
Topic:
Non-fiction
ISBN:
978-1-80081-116-4
Author:
Florian Illies
Pages:
336
An ordinary youth cover

An Ordinary Youth

Original: Alles umsonst

Walter Kempowski portrays the drama of the exodus from East Prussia, telling the story of a family in the final...

Walter Kempowski portrays the drama of the exodus from East Prussia, telling the story of a family in the final winter of the war. The book, rich in perspective, is a chronicle of loss – the loss of homeland, tradition, culture and a sense of civilisation. Contact for foreign rights: gesche.wendebourg@penguinrandomhouse.de

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-78378-884-2
Author:
Walter Kempowski
Pages:
480
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The Book of Commentary / Unquiet Garden of the Soul

Original: Das Buch der Kommentare / Unruhiger Garten der Seele

Published on the occasion of his 90th birthday, this is perhaps Alexander Kluge's most personal book. The book confronts the...

Published on the occasion of his 90th birthday, this is perhaps Alexander Kluge's most personal book. The book confronts the reader with questions of existential meaning, questions rendered all the more potent by the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic. Contact Foreign Rights: rights@suhrkamp.de

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-80309-260-7
Author:
Alexander Kluge
Pages:
292
Deep Dark Blue Cover

Deep Dark Blue 

Original: Tiefes, dunkles Blau: Ein Zürich-Krimi

An atmospheric, contemporary police procedural set on Lake Zurich, introducing detective Rosa Zambrano.Contact for foreign rights: bau@diogenes.ch...

An atmospheric, contemporary police procedural set on Lake Zurich, introducing detective Rosa Zambrano.Contact for foreign rights: bau@diogenes.ch

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-78227-957-0
Author:
Seraina Kobler
Pages:
256
Overstaying Cover

Overstaying

Original: Die Aufdrängung

An isolated woman living in a small town decides to take in a mysterious stranger, known only as ‘the visitor’....

An isolated woman living in a small town decides to take in a mysterious stranger, known only as ‘the visitor’. Overstaying is a debut novel that poses questions about the known and the unknown, about origin and home, about assimilation and integration, about privacy and hospitality.Contact for foreign rights: rights@suhrkamp.de

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-80533-016-5
Author:
Ariane Koch
Pages:
208
No Storm, Just Weather Cover

No Storm, Just Weather

Original: Kein Sturm, nur Wetter

In 1981 a woman came to West Berlin as an eighteen-year-old to study medicine and met a man twice her...

In 1981 a woman came to West Berlin as an eighteen-year-old to study medicine and met a man twice her age. At the turn of the millennium and age of thirty-six, she meets another man. He is thirty-six too. Why are the men in her life always thirty-six? Is she still the person she remembers? This book is an engaging  exploration of romance. Contact Foreign Rights: judith.habermas@dumont.de

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-80309-148-8
Author:
Judith Kuckart
Pages:
200
The Freedom of Emma Herwegh Cover

The Freedom of Emma Herwegh

Original: Die Freiheit der Emma Herwegh

A gripping novel based on the life of the 19th-century revolutionary Emma Herwegh.Contact Foreign Rights: Friederike.Barakat@hanser.de ...

A gripping novel based on the life of the 19th-century revolutionary Emma Herwegh.Contact Foreign Rights: Friederike.Barakat@hanser.de 

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-922268-71-6
Author:
Dirk Kurbjuweit
Pages:
368
Animals – Eight Studies for Experts Cover

Animals – Eight Studies for Experts

A collection of unique, profound, and witty stories that relate animals’ peculiarities to human attitudes.Contact Foreign Rights: ibrandt@kiwi-verlag.de...

A collection of unique, profound, and witty stories that relate animals’ peculiarities to human attitudes.Contact Foreign Rights: ibrandt@kiwi-verlag.de

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-80309-262-1
Author:
Eval Menasse
Pages:
312
as mornings and mossgreen I. Step to the window Cover

as mornings and mossgreen I. Step to the window

Original: da ich morgens und moosgrün. Ans Fenster trete

Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker is widely considered one of the most important European poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.Contact...

Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker is widely considered one of the most important European poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.Contact Foreing Rights: rights@suhrkamp.de

Publisher:
Topic:
Poetry
ISBN:
978-1-80309-142-6
Author:
Friederike Mayröcker
Pages:
200
While We Were Dreaming Cover

While We Were Dreaming 

Original: Als wir träumten

Longlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize. Rico, Mark, Paul and Daniel were 13 when the Berlin Wall fell in...

Longlisted for the 2023 International Booker Prize. Rico, Mark, Paul and Daniel were 13 when the Berlin Wall fell in autumn 1989. Growing up in Leipzig at the time of reunification, they dream of a better life somewhere beyond the brewery quarter.Contact for foreign rights: foreignrights@fischerverlage.de

Publisher:
Topic:
Fiction
ISBN:
978-1-80427-028-8
Author:
Clemens Meyer
Pages:
528

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