What if fake news were not something negative, but could lift people's spirits and give them hope? Perhaps even save lives? That's precisely what happens in "Jakob The Liar" by Jurek Becker.
Hope as the elixir of life: Jurek Becker's novel about the life of Jews in a ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland is gripping and melancholic, but also full of humor. It's a story of the Holocaust, but also much, more more.
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.
The world's largest book fair served as the launching pad for DW's bilingual literature special project. "100 German Must-Reads" recommends and presents 100 remarkable German novels that can also be read in English.
The German-Jewish author fought long and hard to get his best known work published, "The Nazi and the Barber," which was a worldwide — if controversial — bestseller. He fled Germany in 1938, but eventually returned.
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