Isn't there another book out called the "new sorrows of young werther" which represents a modern update? Does anyone know how these titles are related?
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There is such a book, and I believe it is by Plenzdorf and tracks an East German youth in the 1970s. It is actually quite good. It is essentially a modern update of the Sorrows of Young Werther. However, and perhaps interestingly, it reads more like a Catcher in the Rye with the protagonist acting like Holden Caulfield throughout the story. I am not sure if there is a translation in English at this point in time, but if you read German have at it.
Yeah, there is.