What are the best books set in Germany?

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    #1The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Muhammad Bose
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is an amazing novel. Liesel is such a strong female role model, particularly in the scary times we live in. I'm going through my own personal challenges right now, and have started writing in my free time, following the lessons Liesel learned throughout the book."
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    #2All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See
    All The Light We Cannot See is a vividly-written story about Marie Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German boy in the Nazi army. Winner of a 2015 Pulitzer Prize, it shows that there can still be beauty amidst the tragedy of war.
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    Robert Jensen
    Written on May 11, 2018
    ""All the Light We Cannot See" is masterpiece! There, I said what I think about this book and I'm not ashamed of it. It is such a beautiful piece of prose, the WWII setting is so well executed that it undoubtedly is a must read for every reader of historical fiction genre. This book has gotten a lot of attention recently and I'd say it's well deserved! "
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    #3Fatherland

    Fatherland

    Have you ever imagined how would be the World if Hitler won the World War II? Xavier March is a detective of the Kriminalpolizei in the capital of the Third Reich who should investigate the discovery of a body in a lake near Berlin. As March discovers the identity of the body, starts to uncover a conspiracy that reaches the very top of the German Reich. 

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    Raquel Contreras
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I found myself pulled in by this book. It has a very interesting premise and the story has many thrilling twists."
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    #4The Metamorphosis

    The Metamorphosis
    Gregor Samsa was a regular traveling salesman who one night transformed into a cockroach-looking animal. As his whole family despises him, this book uses Samsa's transformation to talk about human feeling of acceptance and guiltiness, as his new condition brought poverty to his family. 



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    Emma Xu
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This touching tale will leave you speechless and thinking. Metamorphosis is a touching story that helps redefine your concept of self and empathize with a character. "
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    #5All Quiet on the Western Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front is a book by Erich Maria Remarque that tells the story of Paul Baumer, a soldier in the German army during World War I. The books was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
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    Barbara Newman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "All Quiet on the Western Front is a good book that is set in Germany by Erich Maria Remarque. It is a story about a soldier that was in the German army during the first World War and this book was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. "
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    #6The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Bruno returns home after a school day in the Berlin of 1942, when he discovers that his family should move to another house close to a tall fence where he can see strange people in the distance. Bruno discovers there a desolate place where he'll make a friendship, with devastating consequences. 

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    Judy Curtis
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is by far one of my favorite fiction books about WWII. Very moving."
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    #7The Reader

    The Reader
    An exceptional novel by Bernhard Schlink about betrayal, guilt and the memory of the Holocaust. This is the story of the adolescent Michael Berg, rescued by Hanna. Both embark on a clandestine affair leading Michel in euphoric and confused times.

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    Susan Wells
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Based on the topic, I expected a story that reflected the beauty of Germany. Instead, it reflected a piece of horrific history that happened in Germany, but in no way reflected Germany. I found the relationship between Michael and Hanna to be disturbing. I would not recommend this book.."
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    #8The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther

    The Sorrows of Young Werther is a classic novel written by the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It tells the story of an artist named Werther as he laments the marriage of the woman he loves to another man.

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    Amy Turner
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I just finished this book and am in awe of its beauty and depth of emotions and relatability. It's an amazing story of love with a tragic end. The setting is Germany over a century ago but the story is timeless. "
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    #9The Gargoyle

    The Gargoyle

    The Gargoyle is about a man who has barely survived a fatal car crash, his burns leaving him almost unrecognizable, and Marianne Engel, a mysterious sculptress, who claims to be his lover in the medieval period.  

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    Rose James
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Gargoyle is a tiresome book. I read for entertainment and I just wasn't entertained by reading about the man that barely escape his death and is badly burned. Don't get me wrong. I'm willing to read just about anything. But I think next time I will be more selective. "
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    #10Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 

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    Charles Torres
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Frankenstein's truly an enduring classic, but sometimes "classic" is a nice way of saying "old." Its prose hasn't aged well, and its pace is plodding to say the best. The Book Thief is my Germany-set book of choice."
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    #11Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf
    Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.
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    Debra Torres
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Wanting to learn about Germany. This book does just that. "
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    #12Those Who Save Us

    Those Who Save Us
    Those Who Save Us is a dramatic novel by Jenna Blum about Trudy and her examination of her mother's life in Germany during World War II when she and her mother were still living with a Nazi officer before being saved by an American soldier.
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    Michelle Henderson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Interesting premise, but it doesn't capture my interests."
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    #13March Violets (Bernie Gunther)

    March Violets (Bernie Gunther)

    March Violets (Bernie Gunther) is a historical fiction book written by Philip Kerr. March Violets (Bernie Gunther) was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons. March Violets is the first book of the Bernie Gunther Book Series.

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    #14Der Fürst des Parnass

    Der Fürst des Parnass

    Der Fürst des Parnass is a historical fiction written by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Originally published in 2014 by Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, it is a part of the El cementerio de los libros olvidados book series.

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    Ismael Galicia
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Nice historical fiction book. I really liked the setting. It is written in german. "
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    #15Rituals

    Rituals

    Rituals is a book by Cees Nooteboom that tells the story of Inni who knew life was a chaotic whirlwind. Arnold and Philip at the other side sees the world differently, they will all meet and relieve each other's emptiness.

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    Isabel de León
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "The wise, beautiful and deep novel of Rituals by author Cees Nooteboom is a walk through dark forest of trees and exotic symbols. The book is heavy with signs, secret codes and spiritual mystery. It is a shroud look at the obscurity and wonderment of many faiths. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes to be pushed into a deeper way of thinking and a new way to marvel long ago religions. "
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    #16The Third Reich in Power (The History of the Third Reich)

    The Third Reich in Power (The History of the Third Reich)

    The Third Reich in Power (The History of the Third Reich) is a historical nonfiction book written by Richard J. Evans.  The Third Reich in Power was published by The Penguin Press.

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    Rosario Álvarez
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This was a very compelling read. I still can't believe the changes that were drastically made within such a short period of time to conform to a regime's ideals. If you love history, you'll love reading this book about Germany's history. "
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    #17Siegfried: A Black Idyll

    Siegfried: A Black Idyll

    Siegfried: A Black Idyll is a book by Harry Muslisch that tells the story of Rudolf Herter. He is a famous author who will travel and be confronted by different ideas of people. He will then try to write a book about it. 

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    Randy Cook
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "After reading Siegfried: A Black idyll I felt like I had a good idea of what was life like in Germany. The book portrayed life in Germany in a very novel way. The book painted a calm and stress-free country where love and hard work reigned. "
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    #18Joe Speedboot

    Joe Speedboot

    Joe Speedboot is a book Tommy Wierenga that tells the story of a teenager who just woke up from a coma. He will then tell his friends about his bizarre dreams while he was unconscious. 

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    Gerald Nelson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Joe Speedboot is a very interesting story. It is about a teenager who just woke up from a coma. He relates about dreams he had while he was in a coma. It is fun and has a few twists you wont expect."
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    #19If the Dead Rise Not (Bernie Gunther)

    If the Dead Rise Not  (Bernie Gunther)

    If the Dead Rise Not is a historical mystery novel written by Philip Kerr. First published in 2009, it is the sixth book in the Bernie Gunther series. It follows the story of detective Bernie Gunther as he tries to uncover Nazi crimes.

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    Juan Lopez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I love Nazi mysteries. This is among them. A great cast of characters, but the heart of the book lies elsewhere. The mystery is the thing in this book, to capture the attention of the reader. It's really well done and intricate. Hell of a story, when you think about it."
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    #20The Twins

    The Twins

    The Twins is a German book written by Tessa De Loo that tells the story of twin siblings who was separated while they are still young. They will cross paths after two decades and will be shocked to see each other. 

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    Joe Hart
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A friend turned me onto this book by Tessa De Loo which is about a pair of twins that were divided when they were young. They eventually find each other and it's surprisingly very good. I think the length and book itself is worth a read. "
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    #21The Fall of Berlin 1945

    The Fall of Berlin 1945

    The Fall of Berlin 1945 is a historical nonfiction book written by Antony Beevor. The Fall of Berlin 1945 was published on April 29, 2003 by Penguin Books. The book's first publication was in year, 2002.

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    Jeffrey Ruiz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a very good set of you would like to learn about Germany and some of its history. This comes right around the time of the fall of the Nazi’s and is very informative."
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    #22The Discovery of Heaven

    The Discovery of Heaven

    The Discovery of Heaven is a book by Harry Mulisch that tells the story of Max and Onno. They are born the same day and they will meet unexpectedly. A connection between them will spark and things will escalate.

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    Brittany Vargas
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you are a fan of books set in Germany, one of the best books that you can read is probably The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch. This book really did a nice job of setting an exciting tone from the first chapters."

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Best What are the best books set in Germany
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Book ThiefBooks 49 Paid
2All the Light We Cannot SeeBooks 44 Paid
3FatherlandBooks 42 Paid
4The MetamorphosisBooks 40 Paid
5All Quiet on the Western FrontBooks 38 Paid
6The Boy in the Striped PajamasBooks 36 Paid
7The ReaderBooks 35 Paid
8The Sorrows of Young WertherBooks 32 Paid
9The GargoyleBooks 30 Paid
10FrankensteinBooks 29 Paid
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