Star 111 by Lutz Seiler
Winner of the Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair 2020
A panorama of the first years after German reunification in East and West: After his bestseller Kruso, which was awarded the German Book Prize and has been translated into 22 languages, Lutz Seiler continues the story in two grand narrative arcs – in a road trip that spans halfway across the globe and in a Berlin novel that shows us the first days of a new world. And in passing, he tells the story of a family blown apart by the Autumn of ‘89 who must now find each other again.
Night Work by Thomas Glavinic
How does it feel to be the last man alive?
There's nothing moving outside. No cars. No buses. No people. No birds. Nothing. No one. Anywhere.
An ordinary man wakes up on an ordinary day to find that he's the only living creature in the entire city. The radio and TV are suddenly filled with white noise, there's no newspaper, the Internet is down and no one's answering the phone.
Jonas is the last living being on the planet. What happened? How? Why? And why is he still here?
Thriller and philosophical investigation wrapped up in an intensely compelling, eerie mystery, Night Work is compulsive and exhilarating - but don't read it when you're all alone
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The border between the conscious and the unconscious mind.
Kafka on the Shore, a tour de force of metaphysical reality, is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom. Their odyssey, as mysterious to them as it is to us, is enriched throughout by vivid accomplices and mesmerizing events. Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall from the sky. There is a brutal murder, with the identity of both victim and perpetrator a riddle—yet this, along with everything else, is eventually answered, just as the entwined destinies of Kafka and Nakata are gradually revealed, with one escaping his fate entirely and the other given a fresh start on his own.