Re­com­men­ded by New Books in Ger­man: Draesner and Diwiak

NBG Draesner Diwiak

We are delighted that two Penguin Random House titles have made it onto New Books in German's Spring 2023 recommendations list:


Penetrating Silence

Ulrike Draesner

Ulrike Draesner: Penetrating Silence (Penguin)

“A lyrical tour de force by award-winning German author and poet Ulrike Draesner, it is thematically wide-ranging yet gets to the nub of complex issues with startling clarity. A novel for our times, with echoes of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Anna Karenina.”

You can read the full review here.

Irene Diwiak: Tell Alex Not to Wait for Me (C.Bertelsmann)

Tell Alex Not to Wait for Me has heightened significance for a contemporary readership in the light of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Against that background, this tale of opposition – of the need to speak out against the actions of an oppressive regime – has a renewed urgency.

You can read the full review here.

New Books in German promotes German-language literature and non-fiction for translation into all languages. Twice a year, NBG convenes expert juries in the UK and the US to select titles from submissions by German-language publishers. The juries, which are made up of translators, agents, editors, publishers, scouts and booksellers, select titles that represent the range of new German-language publications and that they believe have a chance of success in the English-language markets.

With the recommendation of New Books in German, the selected titles not only qualify for potential translation funding by the Goethe Institute, among others, but also enjoy increased visibility with the NBG endorsement.

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