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


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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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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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"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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Eine konkrete Antwort für deine Beispiele kann ich zwar nicht liefern, wohl aber Möglichkeiten, selbst auf die Suche zu gehen: Da das DWB, das deutsche Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm, als das erste Wörterbuch gilt, das "Schimpfwörter und unfeine Wörter" (Zitat Wikipedia) aufgenommen hat und es praktischerweise das umfangreichste etymologische Werk ...


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Books by Hermann Hesse should qualify as readable, such as Unterm Rad, which has some autobiographic qualities as it explores the schooling and aspects of the private life of a boy in southern Germany towards the end of the 19th century.


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Splitted up answer #4: Mephisto by Klaus Mann. Very interesting, counts as classical literature. Although it is aimed at adult readers, it has a very clear and straight forward language. I remember it being an easy, but fascinating read.


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"Die 13 1/2 Leben des Käptn Blaubär" - Walter Moers Well-known: Walter Moers is quite known and the book was/is quite popular Interesting: The Protagonist is a new Age/fantasy "Münchausen", which is well known due to his long participation in "Sendung mit der Maus". But in contrary to "his" TV-Show the book is written for both, young and adult, reader. ...


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I am not sure if it's a short story or not but the novel Momo by Michael Ende is a popular recommendation for German readers.


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First of all, both versions, English and German, are identical with regard to contents. Second, there is no typical German liability to a double abstraction in general. I've never heard about that. Furthermore, we actually need to know what's exactly meant with double abstraction in the context of this German quotation. Assumed there is any doppelte ...


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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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