21st Century


Since the year 2000, German-language literature has been enriched by writers who have distinguished themselves for their engagement with the present day and with recent history. We can divide literary production into three genres (poetry, prose fiction, drama), although in practice many writers work across genres:
 
German-language dramatists publishing since 2000 include (in alphabetical order): Lukas Bärfuss, Elfriede Jelinek, Fritz Kater (=Armin Petras), Dea Loher, Felix Mitterer, Albert Ostermaier, René Pollesch, Rimini Protokoll (=Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel), Milo Rau, Kathrin Röggla, Eugen Ruge, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Kerstin Specht, Botho Strauß, Yoko Tawada, Peter Turrini, Urs Widmer.

German-language novelists and writers of prose fiction publishing since 2000 include (in alphabetical order): Zdenka Becker, Sybille Berg, Marcel Beyer, Maxim Biller, Klaus Böldl, Nora Bossong, Jan Böttcher, Volker Braun, Melitta Breznik, Alina Bronsky, Ann Cotten, Martin R. Dean, Friedrich Christian Delius, Esther Dischereit, Ulrike Draesner, Tanja Dückers, Karen Duve, Jenny Erpenbeck, Julia Franck, Ursula Fricker, Valerie Fritsch, Arno Geiger, Gunther Geltinger, Wilhelm Genazino, Thomas Glavinic, Rainald Goetz, Lena Gorelik, Annett Gröschner, Norbert Gstrein, Erich Hackl, Katharina Hagener, Ulla Hahn, Ernst-Wilhelm Händler, Eveline Hasler, Helene Hegemann, Christoph Hein, Jana Hensel, Kerstin Hensel, Judith Hermann, Wolfgang Herrndorf, Thomas Hettche, Barbara Honigmann, Felicitas Hoppe, Alois Hotschnig, Elfriede Jelinek, Zoë Jenny, Reinhard Jirgl, Wladimir Kaminer, Yadé Kara, Daniel Kehlmann, Abbas Khider, Anna Kim, Esther Kinsky, Alexander Kluge, Angelika Klüssendorf, Michael Köhlmeier, Angela Krauß, Daniela Krien, Meral Kureyshi, Sibylle Lewitscharoff, Irina Liebmann, Jonas Lüscher, Monika Maron, Christoph Meckel, Birk Meinhardt, Eva Menasse, Robert Menasse, Clemens Meyer, Anna Mitgutsch, Kerstin Mlynkec, Terézia Mora, Herta Müller, Melinda Nadj Abonji, Ingrid Noll, Hanns-Josef Ortheil, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Angelika Overath, Aysel Özakin, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Annette Pehnt, Matthias Politycki, Marion Poschmann, Doron Rabinovici, Julya Rabinowich, Christoph Ransmayr, Sven Regener, Charlotte Roche, Kathrin Röggla, Peter Rosei, Gerhard Roth, Ralf Rothmann, Eugen Ruge, Stefanie Sargnagel, Silke Scheuermann, Robert Schindel, Bernhard Schlink, Kathrin Schmidt, Ingo Schulze, Zafer Şenocak, Burkhard Spinnen, Peter Stamm, Saša Stanišić, Thomas von Steinaecker, Botho Strauß, Marlene Streeruwitz, Antje Rávic Strubel, Alain Claude Sulzer, Yoko Tawada, Alev Tekinay, Uwe Tellkamp, Uwe Timm, Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Ilija Trojanow, Birgit Vanderbeke, Vladimir Vertlib, Richard Weihe, Wolfgang Welt, Andreas Martin Widmann, Urs Widmer, Josef Winkler, Natascha Wodin, Feridun Zaimoğlu, Judith Zander, Juli Zeh.

German-language poets publishing since 2000 include (in alphabetical order): Jürgen Becker, Marcel Beyer, Bas Böttcher, Volker Braun, Heinrich Detering, Esther Dischereit, Ulrike Draesner, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Nora Gomringer, Durs Grünbein, Dorothea Grünzweig, Ulla Hahn, Kerstin Hensel, Thomas Kling, Barbara Köhler, Uwe Kolbe, Michael Krüger, Kito Lorenc, Christoph Meckel, Albert Ostermaier, Monika Rinck, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag, Lutz Seiler, Ludwig Steinherr, Antje Rávic Strubel, Anja Utler, Jan Wagner, Uljana Wolf.

German-language autobiographies published in this period include those by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Ika Hügel-Marshall, Ruth Klüger, Emine Sevgi Özdamar and Gert Schramm.
 
German sociologists include: Ulrich Beck, Axel Honneth, Oliver Nachtwey, Wolfgang Streeck.

German-language journalists include: Jakob Augstein, Maxim Biller, Dietmar Dath, Georg Löwisch, Bascha Mika, Ines Pohl, Jürgen Schreiber, Alice Schwarzer.

German-language bloggers include: Rainald Goetz, Rasha Khayat, Sascha Lobo, Ronja von Rönne, Stefanie Sargnagel.

If the writer you are looking for is not on this page, then he or she may be on the 20th century page instead, e.g. Günter Grass, Christa Wolf.

Further Reading

Claudia Breger, An Aesthetics of Narrative Performance: Transnational Theatre, Literature, and Film in Contemporary Germany (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2012)
Tom Cheesman, Novels of German-Turkish Settlement: Cosmopolite Fictions (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2007)
Sarah Colvin (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of German Politics & Culture (London and New York: Routledge, 2014)
Paul Cooke, Representing East Germany since Unification (Oxford: Berg, 2005)
Anne Fuchs, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, and Linda Shortt (eds.), Debating Cultural Identity (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011)
Katharina Gerstenberger, Writing the New Berlin: The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2008)
Katharina Gerstenberger and Patricia Herminghouse (eds.), German Literature in a New Century: Trends, Traditions, Transitions, Transformations (New York and Oxford: Berghahn, 2008)
Elisabeth Herrmann, Carrie Smith-Prei and Stuart Taberner (eds.), Transnationalism in Contemporary German-Language Literature (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2015)
Karen Leeder (ed.), From Stasiland to Ostalgie. The GDR Twenty Years After, Oxford German Studies, 38:3 (2009) [special issue]
Karen Leeder (ed.), Schaltstelle: Neue deutsche Lyrik im Dialog, German Monitor 69 (Amsterdam, Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 2007) [contains several essays in English]
Lyn Marven and Stuart Taberner (eds.), Emerging German-Language Novelists of the Twenty-First Century (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2011)
Linda Shortt, German Narratives of Belonging: Writing Generation and Place in the Twenty-First Century (London: Legenda, 2015)
Stuart Taberner (ed.), German Literature in the Age of Globalisation (Birmingham: Birmingham University Press, 2004)
Stuart Taberner, German Literature of the 1990s and Beyond: Normalization & The Berlin Republic (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2005)
Stuart Taberner (ed.), Contemporary German Fiction: Writing in the Berlin Republic (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Stuart Taberner (ed.), The Novel in German Since 1990 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Stuart Taberner, Transnationalism and German-Language Literature in the Twenty-First Century (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Denise Varney (ed.), Theatre in the Berlin Republic: German Drama since Reunification (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2008)
 
Web Links in English
 
http://www.new-books-in-german.com/
English language reviews of contemporary German-language authors
 
Online introductions to contemporary German authors (in English, German and Russian)

Information on contemporary German-language women writers
 
Reviews of contemporary German-language authors, produced by the Goethe Institut in Australia
 
Articles on contemporary German-language poets