Judith Hermann, Sommerhaus später, 1998 [Summer House, Later]

Paul Gebhardt (Kenyon College)
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Judith Hermann wrote the nine stories in her literary debut, Sommerhaus, später, published in 1998, during two residencies for writers, first at the Alfred-Döblin-Haus in Wewelsfleth, Schleswig-Holstein, and also at a workshop of the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. At the time of the publication of Hermann’s second book, Nichts als Gespenster [Nothing But Ghosts] (2003), the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung stated that sales of Sommerhaus, später had reached 250,000 copies, and that the book had been translated into seventeen languages (Minkmar und Weidermann, 2003). It has been hailed as a symbol for a renewal of German literature in the late 1990s. The story collection ended up being treated as part of literature curricula in German secondary schools in the early 2000s, and its…

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Citation: Gebhardt, Paul. "Sommerhaus später, 1998". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 January 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=38819, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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