German Subgroup

Thank you for your interest in the German-language subgroup of the Berlin chapter of the Booker Tea Reading Group. This subgroup has been meeting since 2012, and is currently a mix of German native speakers and non-native speakers who want to improve their German skills.

During 2018 we plan to meet on the second Sunday of each even-numbered month from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Changes will be posted below and/or discussed in the e-mail list. The discussions are held in private residences, so if you want to participate, you have to join the Berlin Chapter.

Books for this year are:

Sunday, 11 February 2018: Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert by Saša Stanišić (Deutschland) (carried over from December 2017)

Sunday, 8 April 2018 Cancelled! Außer sich: Roman by Sasha Marianna Salzmann (Deutschland)

Sunday, 10 June 2018: Der Tag, an dem mein Großvater ein Held war: Erzählung by Paulus Hochgatterer (Österreich)

Sunday, 12 August 2018 Rescheduled: Sunday, 26 August 2018: Die Kieferninseln by Marion Poschmann (Deutschland)

Sunday, 14 October 2018: Sechzehn Wörter by Nava Ebrahimi (Österreich)

Sunday, 9 December 2018: Widerfahrnis: Eine Novelle by Bodo Kirchhoff (Deutschland)

Below is a list of (some!) of the other books we’ve already read and discussed in German.

During 2017:

  • Tauben fliegen auf by Melinda Nadj Abonji (Schweiz)
  • Jericho: Eine Liebesgeschichte by Angelika Schrobsdorff (Deutschland)
  • Imperium by Christian Kracht (Schweiz)
  • Corpus Delicti by Juli Zeh (Deutschland)
  • Takeshis Haut by Lucy Fricke (Deutschland)


During 2016:

  • In Plüschgewittern by Wolfgang Herrndorf
  • Strom by Hannah Dübgen
  • Er ist wieder da / Look who’s back by Timur Vermes; Jamie Bulloch (translator)
  • Taxi by Karen Duve
  • Die Biene und der Kurt by Robert Seethaler
  • Wunderlich fährt nach Norden by Marion Brasch



Remember, discussions for this subgroup will be in German, so good reading and conversation skills in the language are recommended. (And that’s the point, really.)