Wir fahren nach Berlin!

10 books featuring The Grey City

To celebrate the 50-year anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech we compiled a list of novels set in Berlin. Vibrant, diverse and ever-changing, the German capital has been at the epicentre of cultural and historic change for a long time. Its rich history is reflected in this book selection, which spans from the Weimar Republic to modern-day Berlin. Read your way through the streets of the city and soak up the atmosphere of one of the great cultural centres of Europe.

6. All Souls' Day

Cees Nooteboom

7. Goodbye to Berlin

Christopher Isherwood

8. The Innocent

Ian McEwan
The Gift cover

9. The Gift

Vladimir Nabokov
Book of Clouds cover

10. The Book of Clouds

Chloe Aridjis

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Goethe Institute Glasgow

The Goethe Institute Glasgow organises and supports a broad spectrum of cultural events and provides a stage in Scotland for the German art scene and for intercultural exchanges. The Institute offers German language courses and exams and workshops and seminars for teachers of German. It also houses a library and information centre that serves as a resource for those interested in contemporary Germany or in teaching and studying German as a foreign language.