A century of literature, from Thomas Mann's 'Buddenbrooks' (1901) to Philipp Winkler's 'Hooligan' (2016).
In "Mephisto," Klaus Mann tells the story of German actor Gustaf Gründgens. No one played Mephistopheles — the devil in Goethe's "Faust" - as brilliantly as he did. In real life, it turns out that Gründgens sold his soul as well.
DW's list of German-language novels published since 1900 that have been translated in English is the first of its kind.
This over 1,000-page masterpiece offers a panoramic view of society in the 19th century and exposes the collapse of a merchant family: unrecognized sons, disillusioned daughters and the loss of middle-class ideals.