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Split up answer #2: Momo by Michael Ende. Very famous, a very lovely read and not too difficult as it is aimed at young readers.


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Split up answer #3: Die unendliche Geschichte by Michael Ende. Very famous and cool story. Aimed at young readers, but also longer and more complex than Momo.


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Franz Kafka. Anything. Everything. Kafka wasn't German, but member of a native German speaking minority in Prag. His excellence isn't based on difficult words or sentences.


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I recommend Die Vermessung der Welt. It's a recent novel about Gauss and Alexander von Humboldt, both trying to measure the world with different methods. I found it very fluent and fun to read, though it may not be really simple. It's all written in indirect speech.


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In German there is a distinction between deutsche Literatur (German literature) and deutschsprachige Literatur (literature written in German). The former would only include authors from Germany while the latter expands to Austrians and Swiss as well. Thus, Kafka is part of the deutschsprachige Literatur (see German Wikipedia, for example).


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The eighty camp is a malapropism (thanks to Carsten Schultz for the term) of Aide-de-camp.


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This poem is part of a famous novel Tristan by the medieval German poet Gottfried von Straßburg. You are right that it is German, or Middle High German to be precise (around 1200 A.D.). Tristan is an important work of German literature, but I would advise you to never read it in its original form because Middle High German is not spoken or used anymore, and ...


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Split up answer #1: Tintenherz books by Cornelia Funke. If Harry Potter passes, you could try this. I haven't read them myself, but from watching movie it sounded interesting. Also, it's pretty famous.


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If literature in this case also includes humor, I'd recommend trying some books by Loriot and Heinz Erhardt. They're some of greatest German language artists ever. Heinz Erhardt's books are actually mostly poetry, while Loriot has written a mixture of humorous texts.


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How do you define German literature? What do you mean by "you"? If you intend to collect some personal, individual convictions of German SE users who bother to write an answer - well, let's close this question as "primarily opinion-based". If, however, you want to address some unnamed community, assuming that their members agree on a definition of German ...


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Dürrenmatt's Der Richter und sein Henker is a short book with an interesting story about how an old and dying police officer solves one last difficult murder case. I'm actually not quite sure about its complexity as I haven't got it at home to look, but it should be rather simple.


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Daniel Glattauer's Gut Gegen Nordwind I haven't finished reading this, but the most valuable thing about this novel from the perspective of a language learner is that it is written as a series of emails. The protagonists become interested in each other and initiate a long lasting email correspondence after one of them sends an incorrectly addressed mail to ...


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Manche Schöne bedeutet manch eine aus der Menge der Schönen. Oder, als Reaktion of den Comment, eine jede aus einer Untermenge der Menge der Schönen. Manche Schöne ist Einzahl und betrachtet jede Einzelne aus der Menge der Schönen, auf die folgende Aussage zutrifft: sie macht wohl Augen, meint, ich gefiele ihr sehr. Die Aussage manche Schöne beinhaltet, ...


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I guess (also from the "bissig und bös" question) the poem you're translating is Yvan Goll's "Der Panama-Kanal". "gier und gar" actually is not an idiom in German, and a literal translation along the lines of greed and cooked doesn't make any sense - not even to a native speaker. gar has a meaning in some southern German dialects and Austrian German of ...


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"ward" is an old form of "wurde". This construction Der Familie ward der sonderbare Schrecken, den Grafen F. anmelden zu hören. means Die Familie hatte den sonderbaren Schrecken, den Grafen F. anmelden zu hören. In modern German you wouldn't say "Mir wurde es Schrecken". To most people this will sound grammatically wrong. However some similar ...


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Glutqualm is a composite of Glut (ember, or something that glows) and Qualm (thick smoke, maybe smoulder). Without context, there would be (at least) three possible ways of reading this composite: Smoke that comes from ember Smoke that is as hot as ember a mixture of smoke and small, flying pieces of ember I doubt that the first interpretation would fit ...


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I want to add Krabat - Otfried Preußler, great book and it should fit all your needs.


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Es gibt wahrscheinlich mehr Interpretationen von Beckets "Warten auf Godot" als es vergleichende Literaturwissenschaftler gibt. Eine der Möglichkeiten, sich dem Stück zu nähern, ist die rein formalistische. Danach würde die Handlung (oder Nicht-Handlung) auf nichts außerhalb des Theaters verweisen, insbesondere keine Aussagen zu Nihilismus, zum Sinn des ...


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It sounds like the character you're talking about is "Frau Stöhr". As you said the character of "Frau Stöhr" is supposed to be quite an uneducated person. In the German version of the book, they basically demonstrate that by having her use words, that may or may not be actual words, but that phonetically sound like the word she actually wants to say.(Edit: ...


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I would consider Kafka as much and as little German literature as I would consider Mozart's works German. Nationality surely matters when analyzing the social and political circumstances under which these works were created, but in the end what people talk about is the language. Kafka is very common subject material for German lessons in school, so from ...


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There's a "Parallel Text" series by PenguinBooks. The first German book in the series is German Short Stories 1 - Deutsche Kurzgeschichten 1 Much maligned in pre-war Germany, the short story enjoyed a creative rebirth in 1945. Initially imported by the Allies, the form also matched perfectly the prevailing mood of irony, objectivity and mistrust of the ...


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I would recommend Russendisko by Wladimir Kaminer. It is pretty interesting/funny and the thing that I liked about it as a beginner was that you don't have to follow a plot through the whole book since each chapter is its own little episode...


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Ich kenne diesen Begriff nur für die Filmszene. Dort heißt es MacGuffin. Da Warten auf Godot ein Theaterstück ist, kann man diesen aber vielleicht auch verwenden.


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The "standard" textbook on German literature is the Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. This exhaustive encyclopedia comes in 18 volumes and will cover everything. For covering German literature only there is a much leaner textbook "Deutsche Literaturgeschichte" which in the only recently published 8th edition is quite up to date.


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I don't see any mention of Erich Kaestner (sorry, no umlauts on this keyboard) yet. I'm pretty sure a lot of his books should be suitable. I've only read one myself: Drei Maenner im Schnee, which I guess is less of a kid's book than his more famous ones. I thought it was very funny, and I don't think it was all that difficult, although I read it in a ...


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Käthe Recheis: Unser Dorf und der Krieg A book about an Austrian village during World War II told from the point of view of a child. The book is aimed at 12-14 year-olds, but quite suitable to be read by adults. Obviously, this is not a fun book for the beach and you have to gauge your own comfort level with a narrative that includes a phase of falling for ...


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I found that newspapers were very useful for building up vocabulary. They come in a wide range of levels and styles, you normally have an idea of what the stories are about, and you get some current information while you're at it, so it's a win all round. Die Zeit is quite highbrow and the articles are long but I enjoy the content and there is a lot for ...


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Schau Dir mal "Leck mir den Arsch fein recht schön sauber" und "Leck mich im Arsch" von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart an.


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Ich denke, das hängt von der Fantasy-Welt und dem Spielsystem ab, wie Du die Begriffe definierst und mit Leben füllst. Dementsprechend kannst Du Hexenmeister, Hexer, Magier, Zauberer, Magiekundiger, Magus, Magikus oder was auch immer Du im Thesaurus (zB http://synonyme.woxikon.de/synonyme/zauberer.php) noch findest, nehmen.



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