52 in 52

December 28, 2011 by Rieshy
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I'm joining a book challenge this year.  52 books in 52 weeks.  Even though I'm a reader it sounds insane to me. However, I never claimed to be entirely sane.

With the exception of Kafka and Nietzsche, I never read German literature in school, so I thought that my particular spin on the 52 would be to do a survey of German lit. through the ages.

I've melded a variety of book lists together to come up with my particular list and added some oddball choices. I like the Cornelia Funke series- and I thought it would be a nice break from heavier reading.

I've talked one daughter into reading along and my father said (rather vaguely and probably not intentionally) that he'd like to do it too.

I reserve the right to read only the easy choices in German and the rest in English, because, well- have you looked at Hesse's, The Glass Bead Game!?!  The English translation makes my brain hurt, the original German, assuming I could manage it- which I couldn't, would make my eyebrows get red hot.
  1. D'Aulaire's Norse Mythology
  2. Hildebrandslied 
  3. Cornelia Funke, Tintenherz
  4. Hartman von Aue, Der arme Heinrich (1195) 
  5. Nibelungenlied (1200) 
  6. Wolfram von Eschenback, Parzival (1200/10) 
  7. Johan van Saaz, Ackermann aus Böhmen (1400) 
  8. Poetry of Walther von der Vogelweide 
  9. H.J. Chrisotffe von Grimmelshausen, Simplixius Simplicissimus or Die Landstörzerin Courasche (1670)  
  10. Andreas Gryphius, Squentz (1658) 
  11. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Emilia Gaolotti (1772) or Nathan der Weise (1779) 
  12. Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz, Die Soldaten (1776) 
  13. Immanuel Kant, Beantwortung der Frage: Was is Aufklären? (1784) 
  14. Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Die Leiden des jungen Werther (1774/1787) or Die Wahlverwandtschaften (1809)
  15. Friedrich Schiller, Die Räuber (1781) 
  16. Friedrich Schiller, Wilhelm Tell (1804) 
  17. Cornelia Funke, Tintenblut
  18. Heinrich Wilhelm von Kleist, Das Edbeben in Chili (1806) 
  19. Ludwig Tieck, Der blonde Eckbert (1796) 
  20. Clemens Brentano, Die Geschichte vom braven Kasperi und dem schönen Anneri (1817) 
  21. Joseph von Eichendorff, Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (1826) 
  22. Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, Undine (1811) 
  23. Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, Die Elixiere des Teufels (1815)
  24. Heinrich Heine, Deutschland.  Ein Wintermärchen (1844) 
  25. Georg Büchner, Junges Deutschland or Woyzeck (1836) 
  26. Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Die Judenbuche (1842) 
  27. Friedrich Hebbel, Maria Magdalene (1843) 
  28. Gottfried Keller , Der grüne Heinrich (1854-55) or Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe (1856) or Kleider machen Leute (1874) 
  29. Theodor Storm, Der Schimmelreiter (1888) 
  30. Theodor Fontane, Frau Jenny Triebel (1893) or Effi Briest (1895) 
  31. Gerhard Hauptmann, Sonnenaufgang (1889) 
  32. Arthur Schnitzler, Leutnant Gusti (1901) 
  33. Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks (1901) 
  34. Cornelia Funke, Tintentod
  35. Thomas Mann, Der Zauberberg (1924) 
  36. Robert Musil, Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß (1906) 
  37. Heinrich Mann, Der Untertan (1918) or Professor Unrat 
  38. Hermann Hesse, Das Glasperlenspiel (1943)
  39. Bertolt Brecht , Neue Sachlichkeit or Mutter Courage (1941) 
  40. Franz Kafka, Die Verwandlung (1912) 
  41. Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929) 
  42. Joseph Roth, Radetzkymarsch (1932) 
  43. Elias Canetti, Die Blendung (1936) 
  44. Wolfgang Borchert, Draussen vor der Tür (1947) 
  45. Wolfgang Koeppen, Tauben im Gras (1951) 
  46. Stefan Zwieg, Die Welt von Gestern (1943) 
  47. Anna Seghers, Das siebte Kreuz (1942) 
  48. Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet On the Western Front
  49. Heimito von Dodener , Die Strudhofstiege (1951) 
  50. Max Frisch, Montauk (1975) 
  51. Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Die Physiker (1962) 
  52. Heinrich Böll, Ansichten eines Clowns (1963) 
  53. Günter Grass, Die Blechtrommel (1959) 
  54. Christa Wolf, Nachdenken über Christa T. (1968)
  55. Ulrich Plenzdorf, Die neuen Leiden des jungen Werther (1972) 
  56. Thomas Bernhard, Holzfällen (1984) 
  57. Patrick Süskind, Das Parfüm (1985)
  58. Imre Kertész, Roman eines Schicksallosen
That's more than 52 because life is too short to read a book that one despises, so I gave myself options.    On Sundays I'll post snippets about the week's readings- my daughter is going to give her opinions as well, for any other insane people out there who happen to be interested in German literature.

Happy New Years and happy reading!


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4 comments:

Melanie said...

Ok well please don't look at my reading list for 2011. It was pathetic, and now I feel even worse about myself, since I only read English! LOL! Can't wait to see how this works for you.

Susan Tipton said...

I figure my list is a win win sort of situation no matter how many I read. It's the reading list for a h.s. lit. class plus part of Grace's German IV course. Then when my other kids are old enough and We are covering world lit. I'll be ahead of the game.

brendamyfrienda said...

I am so inspired! I have a reading goal too, not nearly so impressive, but you've definitely given me courage by your list. Thanks for being my "smart" friend!!

Caryl said...

Wow, that's quite a list! I hope you have a lovely reading year, Susan!

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