What Germany is Reading This Week

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson

Gathered from Boersenblatt.net, here are the top ten fiction and nonfiction hardcover bestsellers in Germany this week.

Top 10 Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers in Germany (Oct 28 – Nov 3)

(From Boersenblatt.net)

Ken Follett: Sturz der Titanen
German Publisher: Bastei Luebbe (Translated from English)
Original: Fall of Giants, published by Dutton Adult

Elizabeth George: Wer dem Tode geweiht
German Publisher: Blanvalet (Translated from English
Original: This Body of Death, published by Harper

Jussi Adler-Olsen: Schändung
German Publisher: dtv (Translated from Danish)
Original: Fasandr(ae)berne, published by Politikens Forlagshus

Cornelia Funke: Reckless
German Publisher: Cecilie Dressler Verlag, Verlagsgruppe Oetinger
Available in English from Little, Brown for Young Readers

Adler-Olsen, Jussi: Erbarmen
German Publisher: dtv (Translated from Danish)
Original: Kvinden i buret, published by Politikens Forlagshus
Forthcoming from Penguin UK in May 2011

Jaud, Tommy: Hummeldumm
Original German Publisher: Scherz
Rights sold to Woongjin Thinkbig Co. Ltd. in Korea

Kinsella, Sophie: Mini Shopaholic
German Publisher: Manhattan Verlag, Random House DE
Origial: Mini Shopaholic, published by Bantam Press

Stratmann, Cordula: Sie da oben, er da unten (Her in Heaven, Him on Earth)
Original German Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

Stroud, Jonathan: Bartimäus – Der Ring des Salomo
German Publisher: cbj, Random House DE (Translated from English)
Origial: Bartimaeus IV, published by Random House UK

Franzen, Jonathan: Freiheit
German Publisher: Rowohlt (Translated from English)
Original: Freedom, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Top 10 Hardcover Nonfiction Bestsellers in Germany (Oct 28 – Nov 3)

(From Boersenblatt.net)

Sarrazin, Thilo: Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany does away with itself)
Original German Publisher: DVA, Random House DE
German politician and former member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank on the current political and social situation in Germany.

Reng, Ronald: Robert Enke
Original German Publisher: Piper Verlag
Biography of Robert Enke, a German football player

Precht, Richard David: Die Kunst, kein Egoist zu sein (The Art of Not Being an Egotist)
Original German Publisher: Goldmann Verlag, Random House DE
Philosopher Richard David Precht on why people want to be good and what keeps them from it.

Heisig, Kirsten: Das Ende der Geduld (The End of Patience)
Original German Publisher: Herder Verlag
Lawyer Kirsten Heisig describes her model for dealing with juvenile offenders

Schmidt, Loki: Auf dem roten Teppich (On the Red Carpet)
Original German Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
Wife of former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt writes about her life in politics.

Kampusch, Natascha: 3096 Tage (3096 Days)
Original German Publisher: List Verlag, Ullstein Buchverlage
Natascha Kampusch describes her experience being abducted as a child and held for 3096 days by her captor.

Bode, Thilo: Die Essensfälscher (The Food Forgers)
Original German Publisher: Fischer Verlag
Thilo Bode, the founder of the German consumer organization foodwatch, dissects the savvy strategies of the multinational food companies.

Hacke, Axel; Di Lorenzo, Giovanni: Wofür stehst Du? (What Do You Stand For?)
Original German Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
The authors explore how what people believe impacts their civic participation and convictions.

Steinbrück, Peer: Unterm Strich (Bottom Line)
German Original Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
Former German Federal Minister of Finance analyzes the latest economic crisis and how to avoid similar problems in the future.

Guinness World Records 2011
German Publisher: Bibliographisches Institut Mannheim

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.