Some famous books originally written in German include Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther," originally published as "Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers", and Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice," a novella that details an older man's fatal obsession with a beautiful young man. Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha," originally written in German, is a religious novel that takes place in ancient India and follows a character's journey of spiritual self-discovery.
Other famous books originally written in German include Franz Kafka's "The Trial," which tells the story of a character named "K" who is abducted and subjected to an absurd trial, spending the entire novel trying to ascertain what crimes he has committed, Gunter Grass's "The Tin Drum," which follows a family in Germany before World War II, and Alfred Döblin's "Berlin Alexanderplatz," an experimental novel that incorporated multiple forms of media to tell its story of a small-time criminal in Berlin.
One of the most well-known books originally written in German is Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on The Western Front," published in 1929. The novel explores the horrors of the first World War and was an international success due to its honest portrayal of battles. "All Quiet on The Western Front" was banned by the Nazi party just after its release.