Private: German literary world debates the value of personal stories

Since World War II, Nora Fitzgerald notes, German literature has been dominated by writers like Sebald, Grass, and Schlink, who have focused on the Holocaust and the effects of war.

When younger German writers like Judith Hermann emerged with more personal stories two years ago, the shift was heralded by critics. Now some are accusing the younger generation of being unduly introspective and self-absorbed, of failing to have a sense of history.