Just as Berlin has been the setting for many great German movies, it has also played a major role in many notable works of literature and non-fiction. In the Olympiad Book Club, we’ll discuss the works listed below. Given all of the events of the Olympiad, we don’t expect students or family members to have much time to read during our time in Berlin. Thus, we encourage everyone interested in participating in the Book Club to read these books in advance, and perhaps bring some notes you’ve taken on what stood out to you while reading them. It’s certainly permitted to just read one or several of the books below too.

The Book Club will convene at different times each day, and make full use of our time spent getting from Point A to Point B. See below for when we’ll discuss each selection. Note that for family members, there may be more extended discussion times at the Berlin Brandenburg International School during the afternoon hours in some cases.

  1. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin on July 16 – Day 1
  2. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré on July 17 – Day 3
  3. Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt on July 18 – Day 4
  4. Maus by Art Spiegelmann on July 18 – Day 4
  5. Berlin 1945 The Downfall by Antony Beevor on July 21 – Day 7