Aren't hotel lobbies great places for people watching? If you think so too, then you're in for a treat with Vicki Baum's novel "Grand Hotel."
This book reflected the spirit of the times in the 1920s, and turned its creator into a best-selling author. A luxury hotel in Berlin took center stage for people searching for luck, as well as those with a death wish.
As a guest of San Francisco's Goethe Institute at the Bay Area Book Festival, DW's David Levitz, host of "100 German Must-Reads" videos, reflects on his identity as an American Jew and novels on Germany's Nazi history.
It's the first and darkest book in the crime novel series featuring inspector Gereon Rath. Kutscher paints an atmospheric picture of Berlin in the 1920s, a place filled with illegal dance clubs, cocaine and dead bodies.
Translator Katy Derbyshire on the gender imbalance in publishing to this day — and the long struggle of women writers to be noticed at all.
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