Turn My Family History into a Sob Story: On Contemporary German Literature

“Contemporary German Lit (CGL): Last time I checked, everybody’s favorite genre was ‘Watch me turn my family history into a sob story in an incredibly complex but also highly readable way’; favorite subgenre: ‘Look, I went to the attic and found my Jewish grandmother.’ This summer in Klagenfurt, ‘perky’ and ‘chipper’ seemed to be trending.”

via lithub.com

Translator and critic Robin Detje on the current German literary scene. Detje goes on to say, "German works best in a police report."

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