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10 of your favorite books by German-speaking authors


This week Alexandra asks theTop ten Thursday after ten of my favorite books by German-speaking authors:

I am an enthusiastic “time and again reader”.
I want to read books that really captivate and touch me more than just once and only then do they become my favorite books.
I have read all the novels on this list - alphabetically by author - more than 10 times and I always discover something new and am excited about certain scenes.
As always, you can find the reviews by clicking on the link. I have reviewed six books myself, so they have my name on them. Three others come from a former teammate - who no longer belongs to the reader world - whose assessment I fully share.
I could not review the two novels by Melanie Metzenthin because I had the honor and the pleasure of accompanying them as a test reader. Therefore I have summarized my opinion in a CONCLUSION.


In the dark valley (Angeline Bauer)



Tower of Lies (Marie Cristen)


The Game of Kings (Rebecca Gablé)


On the stairs: a factual romance (Josefa vom Jaaga)


The divided years (Matthias Lisse)


Buddenbrooks (Thomas Mann)


In the silent + the voiceless (Melanie Metzenthin)


FLAP TEXT: Hamburg, 1926: Richard and Paula are among the most talented medical students of their year at the still young university in the Hanseatic city. The two of you have more in common than just a passion for the medical profession - they fall madly in love with each other. When the twins Emilia and Georg are born after their marriage, their happiness is complete, even if little Georg is deaf. But then the National Socialists seize power and the life of the young family changes radically. Richard, who now works as a psychiatrist in the Langenhorn sanatorium, cannot come to terms with the inhuman legislation of the Nazis, which also affects his deaf son. In order to save his patients from euthanasia, he now creates false reports. He is taking on a great risk that threatens not only his own life, but also that of his family ...

CLAPPER TEXT: Hamburg, 1945: The war is over and the Nazi rule is finally over. But in the family of Richard and Paula Hellmer there is no real joy at this first Christmas in peace. The living conditions are too cramped and the lack of food and warm clothing is too great. Richard is especially worried - and not just about his family. He, who as a psychiatrist in the Third Reich repeatedly risked his life to save people, has to discover that the old clergy have seamlessly integrated into the new balance of power. Convinced that he was doing the right thing, he testified in a trial against his archenemy chief physician Krüger and, to his horror, suddenly had to justify himself for what he was doing. Meanwhile, his wife Paula and his best friend Fritz are setting up medical care of their own special kind - dangerous and not always legal ...

MY CONCLUSION: "Im Lautlosen" was my "Book of the Year 2017" and the sequel "The Voiceless" was one of my "Top Ten 2018"
But they still impress and occupy me, especially since on January 12, 2021 another book by the author, “Die stummte Liebe”, was published, which together with these two forms the cycle “Leise Helden”.
The subjects are oppressive, but these books also show that there were people in these dire times who had the courage to act humanely "in silence", doctors who remained faithful to their oath to protect life ... and tried to do so to save not only their deaf son, but also their patients from euthanasia and forced sterilization.
Melanie Metzenthin brought in a lot of the memories of her father (born 1932 in Hamburg) and therefore the stories are very authentic and not consistently sad, but there are also beautiful scenes ... some even make you smile ... they describe how much real friendship and the solidarity of the family were really worth back then.


An ornament in your home (Asta Scheib)


Winter heroes (Thomas Vaucher)


I, Eleonore, queen of two kingdoms (Sabine Weigand)