DW takes a closer look at the authors and books that are moving society and being talked about.
He wrote bestsellers, offended the audience and broke political taboos. Peter Handke, who turns 70 on December 6, is one of the most significant German-language authors of our time. (06.12.2012)
A surge in up-and-coming crime novelists is creating a new market niche in India. The new Indian sleuth, coming out from behind the curtains, is feminine, savvy - and tough.
Sarah Diehl is a writer, documentary filmmaker and activist. She spoke to DW about her first novel, "Eskimo Limon 9," which tells the story of an Israeli family that moves to a provincial German town. (12.11.2012)
Sex and crime always sell, especially when it comes to paperbacks. Publishers also bank on cooking and advice. But in the country of philosophers and thinkers, some German readers still buy intellectual titles as well. (10.10.2012)
DW caught up with Brit literary star David Mitchell at the lit.Cologne festival where he talked about the pan-European roots of his writing, finding himself on the big screen and what to expect from his upcoming opera. (12.03.2013)
In Germany, Chinese dissidents can live and work freely. For author Ye Fu, that means he can spend a pleasant enough fellowship year in Cologne. However, true happiness lies elsewhere for him. (07.03.2013)
Author Mirjam Pressler, known for her work on Anne Frank's diaries, tells DW why books about difficult childhoods need to be read and why she became a translator. (03.03.2013)
Pakistani-German novelist Sarah Khan has already written three novels and is currently in Pakistan, researching for her next one. She spoke to DW about her current hometown Berlin and her Pakistani background. (25.02.2013)
In honor of the Wagner bicentennial in 2013, German publishers are going all out when it comes to the Romantic-era composer. DW's Anastassia Boutsko takes a stab at an overview of this year's issues and reissues. (21.02.2013)
One of Germany's most celebrated children's authors has died. Otfried Preussler wrote dozens of books over half a century, among them international hit Robber Hotzenplotz, which was published in more than 50 languages. (20.02.2013)
The organizers of Karachi Literature Festival say that they have been successful in showing the 'progressive' and 'educated' side of Pakistan to the world. (18.02.2013)
Although a Frankfurt court has deferred a much-anticipated legal decision on the Suhrkamp publishing company, the question remains: How can such a cultural institution continue to survive in a changing market? (14.02.2013)
A novel about Hitler coming back from the dead in modern Berlin is a runaway German bestseller. But opinion is split as to whether the latest comic take on the Führer is politically acceptable - or even vaguely funny. (04.02.2013)
One of the latest Twitter phenomena is publishing posthumous tweets from famous personalities beyond the grave. So far, so good. But why exactly is the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche proving to be such a hit? (26.12.2012)
The Brothers Grimm not only collected fairytales but also researched the German language and laid the foundations for modern-day German literature studies. Their ambition alienated them from many contemporaries. (20.12.2012)
Fleeing the Nazi regime, German author Thomas Mann found it difficult to adapt to life in the US. But in New York he felt at home in Hotel Bedford and made a new start with the help of influential social contacts. (29.08.2012)
He was one of the most significant journalists of his time: a satirist, a cabaret writer, a socialist and pacifist. And because he wrote so much, he used a host of pseudonyms. Kurt Tucholsky was a truly enigmatic figure. (20.08.2012)
Half a century after his death, the works of Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse are back on the shelves. He's one of the most popular German authors in the world - even though he'd long been written off. (09.08.2012)
After once being a powerhouse in comic strip production, Belgium has lost ground to other countries. But the famous birthplace of Tintin, the Smurfs and Lucky Luke is trying to make a come-back by supporting its artists. (02.10.2012)
A picture book evokes strong memories in elderly Germans with dementia. For the author and illustrator, taking patients from the Weimar Republic to the 1960s was a challenge particular to Germany. (02.10.2012)
Germany has a thriving comic and graphic novel community, and its center is Berlin. DW’s Jane Paulick steps into the world of sequential art. (13.02.2013)
Chinese author Mo Yan will receive the Nobel Prize for Literature on Monday, December 10. His works have been inspired by stories from his home village and are not only praised but criticized as well. (07.12.2012)
Liao Yiwu has accepted the 2012 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. The author, now residing in Berlin, sheds light on China's dark side and gives a voice to those left behind by the country's rapid economic rise. (14.10.2012)
The Chinese writer Mo Yan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. DW spoke to Dr. Wolfgang Kubin, Professor of Sinology at Bonn University, shortly after the Nobel Committee made its announcement. (12.10.2012)
China's Nobel Prize winner for literature Mo Yan has won over both Western and Chinese audiences. But while some say he works cleverly within the rules, others claim he is too close to the country's rulers. (11.10.2012)
Discrimination against Sinti and Roma began as a way for Europeans to assert their modernity: Klaus-Michael Bogdal asserts this thesis in his latest book, which has won him a prestigious prize at the Leipzig Book Fair. (13.03.2013)
Some experts already see the end of printed books as the digital revolution has thrown everything into question. But opinions on the future of books remain divided. They'll be hotly debated at the Frankfurt Book Fair. (09.10.2012)
One of the hot-button issues at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair is whether e-books are inevitable. DW's Jefferson Chase examines the undeniable advantages and potential perils of going digital. (12.10.2012)
More and more people are reading e-books - most of them on the train or the bus. But few readers realize that e-book providers know more about them than they think. (07.11.2012)
Readings are dull? Think again! Cologne has pulled out all the stops for the lit.Cologne festival, with comedians and actors joining bestselling authors to spice up readings. And much more beyond.
German literature is sometimes dismissed as too insular and intellectual to be readable. But, reporting from the Leipzig Book Fair - which opens today - DW's Jefferson Chase found three authors who defy that cliché.
This week the German publishing world and the general public have been congregating in Leipzig for that city's annual book fair. But what to make of literature as spectacle? DW’s Jefferson Chase checked it out.
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