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Andy H

You could observe pretty much the same thing in 16th century England, except with Italy playing the role of the US. Look at Shakespeare's work - Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, All's Well That Ends Well - are all set in Italy. (And I'm not going to count Julius Caesar). Shakespeare didn't speak Italian, nor had he ever been to Italy. But works about Italy had been so culturally dominant for the previous couple of centuries that Italy seemed familiar; not-foreign.

I think that's what's going on with American literature in Germany; it is so common and so widespread (as, of course, are movies) that it doesn't seem particularly foreign. It's not *German*, of course. But it's pretty familiar nontheless.


I do not know about the Anglosphere, but in Germany books by writers like Garcia Marquez, Orhan Pamuk, Arundhati Roy and others from Latinamerican, Balkan or Asian have been reasonably popular. Of course I do not know the exact numbers. Not as popular as Scandinavian crime novels or Dan Brown, but probably as much as Roth or Franzen.

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