The Greatest German "Fiction" Books Since 2010

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 313 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. The Invention Of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf

    "The Invention of Nature" is a biographical account of Alexander von Humboldt, a 19th-century explorer, scientist, and naturalist who revolutionized the way we understand the natural world. Andrea Wulf chronicles Humboldt's travels across South America, his encounters with indigenous peoples, and his groundbreaking scientific discoveries that challenged prevailing notions of the natural world. Humboldt's ideas about interconnectedness and the unity of nature were ahead of their time and continue to influence environmentalism and conservation today. Wulf's book is a masterful exploration of one of history's most fascinating and influential figures.

    The 8024th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Collini Case by Ferdinand Von Schirach

    This gripping legal thriller delves into the complexities of the German legal system through the lens of a seemingly inexplicable murder case. When an elderly industrialist is found brutally murdered, the suspect, an Italian man with no apparent motive, confesses to the crime, sparking a sensational trial. The young defense attorney assigned to the case finds himself embroiled in a deep-seated legal conundrum that challenges his beliefs about justice and morality. As he delves deeper, he uncovers a dark chapter of German history that reveals the true motive behind the murder, forcing him to confront uncomfortable truths about the past and its impact on the present. This novel is a compelling exploration of guilt, redemption, and the quest for justice in the shadow of historical atrocities.

    The 8737th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Fortune's Wheel by Rebecca Gablé

    "Fortune's Wheel" is a historical novel that transports readers to the tumultuous period of the Hundred Years' War and the Black Death in Europe. The story revolves around a young English craftsman who rises from the ashes of personal tragedy. As he navigates the complex social hierarchies and political turmoil of the 14th century, he finds himself caught between loyalty and ambition, love and duty. The protagonist's journey is one of resilience and transformation, set against the backdrop of a world where the whims of fate can uplift or destroy the fortunes of men. Through vivid storytelling, the novel explores themes of power, destiny, and the enduring human spirit.

    The 10187th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Alberta empfängt einen Liebhaber by Birgit Vanderbeke

    "Alberta empfängt einen Liebhaber" is a German novel that explores the life of Alberta, a woman in her forties who lives a routine life with her husband and children. Her world is turned upside down when she begins an affair with a much younger man. The novel delves into her internal struggle as she tries to reconcile her traditional values with her newfound passion and freedom. The story is a profound exploration of middle age, femininity, and the complexities of desire.

    The 10800th Greatest Book of All Time

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