The Greatest Kenyan, German "Postmodern" Books of All Time

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Postmodernism is a literary movement that emerged in the mid-20th century, characterized by a rejection of traditional narrative structures and a focus on self-reflexivity and intertextuality. Postmodern literature often features fragmented narratives, unreliable narrators, and a blurring of the lines between reality and fiction. It is a genre that challenges the notion of a single, objective truth and instead embraces the idea of multiple perspectives and interpretations. Postmodern literature is often seen as a response to the modernist movement that preceded it, and it continues to be a popular and influential category for contemporary writers.

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  1. 1. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass

    The novel tells the story of Oskar Matzerath, a boy who decides on his third birthday that he will stop growing and remain a three-year-old forever. Oskar is gifted with a tin drum by his mother, which he uses to express his emotions and thoughts. Living in Danzig during the rise of Nazi Germany, Oskar's refusal to grow is a form of protest against the adult world. The book is a blend of magical realism and historical fiction, providing a unique perspective on the horrors of World War II and the post-war era in Germany.

    The 94th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald

    The novel follows the story of Jacques Austerlitz, an architectural historian who was brought to England on a Kindertransport from Czechoslovakia during World War II. As an adult, Jacques embarks on a journey to uncover his past, including his original identity, his parent's fate, and his own lost history. The narrative is a haunting exploration of memory, identity, and the lasting impact of the Holocaust.

    The 469th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Egghead Republic by Arno Schmidt

    The book is a satirical science fiction novella that takes readers on a journey through a post-apocalyptic world. Set in a future where a catastrophic event has fragmented society, the story follows a journalist as he travels to an artificial island known as the Egghead Republic, a haven for intellectuals and scientists. This enclave is dedicated to preserving knowledge and culture amidst the chaos of the outside world. The narrative is characterized by its linguistic inventiveness and complex wordplay, as it explores themes of isolation, the role of intellectuals in society, and the nature of human civilization through the lens of a dystopian future.

    The 1888th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Dog Years by Günter Grass

    "Dog Years" is a novel set in Germany during the rise and fall of the Nazi regime and the aftermath of World War II. The story is told from the perspectives of three friends: Walter Matern, a fervent Nazi supporter; Eduard Amsel, a Jewish artist who creates scarecrows; and Harry Liebenau, who narrates their stories. The novel explores the complexities of friendship and identity amidst the backdrop of war, guilt, and redemption. It also delves into the psychological impact of the Holocaust on German society and the struggle to come to terms with its horrific past.

    The 2471st Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Vertigo by W. G. Sebald

    "Vertigo" is a complex narrative that combines elements of fiction, travelogue, biography, and autobiography. The novel is divided into four sections, each exploring the life and works of different historical figures such as Stendhal, Kafka, and Casanova, as well as the author's own experiences. The narrative is characterized by its exploration of themes such as memory, identity, and the past, often blurring the lines between fact and fiction. The book is also notable for its distinctive style, featuring long, meandering sentences and a lack of traditional plot structure.

    The 3625th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin

    "The Arcades Project" is a comprehensive and intricate examination of 19th-century Parisian life, focusing on the iron-and-glass shopping arcades that emerged as early forms of the shopping mall. Compiled from a vast array of notes and writings, the work delves into the city's architectural and urban transformations, exploring how these spaces influenced aspects of culture, politics, and everyday life. Through a montage of quotations, reflections, and critical commentary, the book presents a fragmented yet profound analysis of modernity, capturing the intersection of history, philosophy, and social theory.

    The 5248th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Critique Of Cynical Reason by Peter Sloterdijk

    The book provides a deep exploration of cynicism as a pervasive and influential mindset in contemporary society, tracing its evolution from the classical cynicism of antiquity to its modern form, which the author describes as "enlightened false consciousness." The work delves into the philosophical, social, and psychological dimensions of cynicism, examining how it serves both as a defense mechanism and a form of social critique. Through a blend of philosophical analysis, cultural commentary, and historical insight, the book challenges readers to understand and confront the cynical attitudes that pervade modern culture and to consider the possibilities for genuine sincerity and commitment in a seemingly disenchanted world.

    The 6277th Greatest Book of All Time

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