I think one of the best ways to understand a country and the thinking of its people is to know some of the most important and meaningful writers of that country. Unfortunately we live in an age in which people read less. But if I go to a bookshop I think this is just a cliché, because there are so great books and writers in classic and modern literature.
As I said before I'm from Germany – the so-called „Land of Poets and Thinkers” … what a chliché
One of my favorite classic German writers is Heinrich Heine. His ballade „A Winter's tale” is maybe the best work, what was ever written about Germany. It's „lightly”, with a lot of sarcasm and fine irony. It was written in 1844, when Germany was in a pre-revolutionary time; there you can find many references to German history and culture. For a long time Heinrich Heine lived in France and his view on his "old" homecountry is full of sarcasm and ironie, but also brilliancy.
Would you like to share with me your / your country's favorite writers?
Have a nice day … Lena