“The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools.” Marguerite Yourcenar (Memoirs of Hadrian)
Franz Kafka July 1883 – 3 June was a German-language writer of novels and short stories, regarded by critics as one of the most influential authors of the century. Kafka strongly influenced genres such as existentialism.
Hannah Arendt was one of the century's most innovative political theorists. Interned in a German camp during World War II, she escaped to America and went on to make sense of the horrors of Nazism and Stalinism in her writing.
Selma Lagerlöf, 1858 - first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature in author of "one of the most charming children's book in any language: Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige [The Wonderful Adventures of Nils].