Literature

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Find below information and references to events in Germany centred around books and learn more about Indian authors, with an interest in Germany or more specifically for the German readers interested in them because these authors bring their country and most importantly Mumbai and its multi-facetedness through their words to Germany.

Pankaj Mishra

Heartiest Congratulations to Pankaj Mishra on winning the Leipzig Book Award 2014!

Indian essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra has won the 2014 Leipzig Book Award for his work "From the Ruins of Empire - The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia." The 2014 Award will be handed over at the opening of the Leipzig Book Fair on March 12. This is the first time that the Leipzig Book Award has been given to a non-Western writer. 

The Leipzig Book Award for European Understanding is presented annually since 1994 and is one of Germany's significant literary prizes. It pays tribute to personalities, who in their book publications have rendered outstanding services towards the advancement of reconciliation throughout Europe, particularly with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

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Grimm's German Dictionary

World's most prolific publisher of German literature in English

It's a success story that has the qualities of a bestseller. In 1982, Naveen Kishore founded Seagull Books in India's megacity, Kolkata. Today, it is the world's most prolific publisher of German literature in English. Read more:

Through this Order, Germany acknowledges the contributions of the awardees to Indo-German relations

Top German Honour for Kiran Nagarkar and Babasaheb Kalyani

German Ambassador to India, Mr. Michael Steiner presented the "Bundesverdienstkreuz," the "Order of Merit", Germany's highest civilian honour to businessman Babasaheb Kalyani and author Kiran Nagarkar. The award is an acknowledgment of outstanding contribution of the awardees in their respective fields.

Anil Dharker visits the Leipzig Book Fair

The initiator of the Mumbai Literature Festival, author and publicist, Anil Dharker, visited the Leipzig Book Fair in March on the invitation of the German Foreign Office. Click below to read the impressions made by him during his one-week visit to one of Germany's most important book fairs.

Kiran Nagarkar - "The Extras"

The 1942, born in Bombay author is one of the most well known Indian author in Germany. His 2006 novel, which was highly acclaimed at the Frankfurt Book Fair, "God's Little Soldier" (German: Gottes kleiner Krieger) about religious fanaticsm substantiates Nagarkar's fame in Germany. The book was translated with the help of the German Foreign Office. In 2008, Nagarkar was a guest at the Artist-in-Berlin Program and in November 2008 took over the 22nd Tübinger Poetik-Dozentur of the Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen along with Christoph Peters. From June to November 2011 he was the "Writer in Residence" of the Literaturhaus Zurich. His latest novel, "The Extras", a continuation of Ravan & Eddie", published by Harpercollins was launched at the Max Mueller Bhavan in March 2012. The reading by Nasiruddin Shah and the conversation with Kiran Nagarkar were a great success.

"Germany in Wintertime" - Drawings by Mario de Miranda

India's well-known cartoonist Mario de Miranda from Goa passed away on 11th December, 2011. In his roughly 70-page sketch book from the 70s, in which he presents his impressions of a trip to Germany through humorous caricatures, offers the reader an enjoyable perspective. Click below to see "Germany in Wintertime", through Miranda's eyes.

Literaturcafé (German)

Literaturfest München

The literary meeting point in the virtual world for readers, authors and book enthusiasts! Latest news on literature, short stories and book tips.

German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek)

The cultural treasure trove for German and German speaking publications. The collection, together at both the locations, Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main, hold around 26 million different media.

Frankfurt Book Fair

With over 7,500 exhibitors from more than 110 countries, the Frankfurt Book Fair is the biggest book and media fair in the world. The Guest of Honour for 2015 is Indonesia.

Leipzig Book Fair

The Leipzig Book Fair is the second largest book fair in Germany after the Frankfurt Book Fair. The comprehensive programm calender and the unique "Leipzig reads" Programm makes the book fair a special cultural highlight.