100 Best German/Austrian/Swiss Books

1. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

2. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

3. The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil

4. The Trial by Franz Kafka

5. Faust: First Part by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

7. Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend by Hermann Hesse

8. The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke

9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

10. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

11. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

12. Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke

13. Selected Poems and Fragments by Friedrich Hölderlin

14. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

15. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm

16. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

17. Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann

18. The Confusions of Young Törless by Robert Musil

19. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

20. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse

21. The Lord Chandos Letter: And Other Writings by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

22. Autumn Sonata: Selected Poems by Georg Trakl

23. Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

24. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

25. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

26. Hymns to the Night by Novalis

27. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

28. The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka

29. Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse

30. Chess Story by Stefan Zweig

31. Death in Venice and Other Tales by Thomas Mann

32. Die Strudlhofstiege oder Melzer und die Tiefe der Jahre by Heimito von Doderer

33. The Nibelungenlied by Unknown

34. The Castle by Franz Kafka

35. Rock Crystal (New York Review Books Classics) by Adalbert Stifter

36. The Man Without Qualities: Vol. 1 by Robert Musil

37. Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann

38. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

39. The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth

40. Poems of Schiller by Friedrich Schiller

41. The Marquise of O — and Other Stories by Heinrich von Kleist

42. Beneath the Wheel by Hermann Hesse

43. The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll

44. Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler

45. Die Dämonen by Heimito von Doderer

46. Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald

47. The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig

48. The lyrical poems of Hugo von Hofmannsthal by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

49. Homo Faber by Max Frisch

50. Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach

51. The Waterfalls of Slunj by Heimito von Doderer

52. Die Physiker by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

53. The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht

54. Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane

55. The Last Gold of Expired Stars: Complete Poems 1908–1914 by Georg Trakl

56. Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

57. The Clown by Heinrich Böll

58. Amerika by Franz Kafka

59. Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

60. The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch

61. Der Schimmelreiter by Theodor Storm

62. Wilhelm Tell by Friedrich Schiller

63. Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Rainer Maria Rilke

64. Woyzeck by Georg Büchner

65. Galileo by Bertolt Brecht

66. Tales of Hoffmann by E.T.A. Hoffmann

67. Die Merowinger oder Die totale Familie by Heimito von Doderer

68. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

69. Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler

70. The Golem by Gustav Meyrink

71. Thought Flights by Robert Musil

72. Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht

73. The Wall by Marlen Haushofer

74. The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

75. Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada

76. Der Richter und sein Henker by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

77. The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

78. Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist

79. The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch

80. Mephisto by Klaus Mann

81. The Visit by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

82. Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind

83. The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald

84. Poems and Prose by Georg Trakl

85. Momo by Michael Ende

86. German Epic Poetry: The Nibelungenlied, the Older Lay of Hildebrand, and Other Works by Francis G. Gentry

87. Heidi by Johanna Spyri

88. Selected Poems by Georg Trakl

89. I’m Not Stiller by Max Frisch

90. Der Sandmann by E.T.A. Hoffmann

91. Max und Moritz: Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen by Wilhelm Busch

92. Jugend ohne Gott by Ödön von Horváth

93. Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig

94. Jedermann. Das Spiel vom Sterben des reichen Mannes by Hugo von Hofmannsthal

95. Nathan der Weise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

96. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann

97. Der Nachsommer by Adalbert Stifter

98. The Golden Pot and Other Tales by E.T.A. Hoffmann

99. The Door in the Grimming by Paula Grogger

100. Mario and the Magician by Thomas Mann

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