Interesting list here,,,,,,,,
In the final part of this series on the Magic Mountain of German Literature, I asked British publishers of German Fiction for their recommendations and grabbed hold of a couple of authors too. The resulting eclectic mix of classic and contemporary recommendations, some of which won’t be appearing in Britain until next year, should keep us all busy reading German literature for many months to come.
I read Goethe’s Elective Affinities (publ. 1809) while still a student, quite a few years ago now. The novel has stayed with me, perhaps because it’s such a good read and is what I would call a perfect novel. It’s also an experimental novel, in the sense that it explores the idea of elective affinities as observed in chemistry. The relationships of the four main characters are developed within the force field of freedom/choice and necessity/fate. The…
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