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The current fiction SPIEGEL bestsellers for the beginning of summer 2023


Highlights: SPIEGEL bestseller list for summer 2023: "Atlas - The Story of Pa Salt" "Like the seed, so the harvest" and "The café without a name" take second and third places. "The Café Without a Name" is about man's inner urge for change and new beginnings. "City on Fire": Prelude to a Mafia Trilogy – End of an Author – is the best-selling book of the summer. "Over time, Tom wonders if his boss is really the person he claims to be"

Here you will find an overview of the current bestseller books on the SPIEGEL bestseller list, which are among the best-selling as well as the most frequently given away works.

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The following list presents the current bestsellers in the hardcover field of fiction on the German book market. This list is compiled weekly on behalf of SPIEGEL by the trade magazine buchreport.

1st place: "Atlas - The Story of Pa Salt"

The current SPIEGEL bestsellers for summer 2023. © RolfPoss/Imago

In 2008, all seven sisters gather aboard the "Titan" in the Aegean Sea to say goodbye to their enigmatic father. To everyone's surprise, Pa Salt's missing sister has been tasked with showing them the trail to her past. But with each truth revealed, new questions arise, and the sisters realize that they barely knew their father. What's even more shocking is that these long-hidden secrets still have an impact on all of their lives.

Paris, 1928. A boy is discovered just in time before he dies and taken in by a family. He is smart and lovable, and he unleashes his talents in the new home. Here he is given a life that he would not have dared to dream of. But he refuses to give any clue as to who he really is. As he grows into a young man, he falls in love and attends the famous Paris Conservatory.


Lucinda Riley and Harry Whittaker "Atlas - The Story of Pa Salt"

2023, Goldmann Verlag, ISBN 13-978-3-442-31567-3

Price: hardcover 24 e, e-book 19,99 €, number of pages: 800 (different from format)

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2nd place: "Like the seed, so the harvest"

Since he was in Italy without identity documents, the police have no concrete clues. It is only when Brunetti delves deeply into his own past and remembers the Italy of his student days that he comes closer to the solution.

Brunetti is about to go to bed when Vianello calls him out into the cold November night: a hand sticks out of the water in a canal. The body is quickly recovered. The Commissario learns who it is by chance.



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Donna Leon "Like the Seed, So the Harvest"

2023, Diogenes, ISBN 13-978-3-257-07227-3

Price: hardcover 26 €, e-book 22.99 €, number of pages: 320 (different from format)

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3rd place: "The café without a name"

The novel "The Café Without a Name" is about man's inner urge for change and new beginnings. With a multitude of unforgettable characters and a special sensitivity for the details of everyday life, Robert Seethaler tells of the emergence of a new world that at the same time holds its own end.

Vienna in 1966. Robert Simon earns his living as a casual worker at the Carmelite Market. He is content with his life, but twenty years after the end of the war, the city has risen from its ruins. New things are growing everywhere, and Simon is also getting carried away. He leases an inn and opens his own café.


Robert Seethaler "The café without a name"

2023, Claassen, ISBN 13-978-3-546-10032-8

Price: hardcover 24 €, e-book 19.99 €, number of pages: 288 (different from format)

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4th place: "Melody"

Over time, Tom increasingly wonders if his boss is really the person he claims to be. Together with Stotz's great-niece Laura, he begins to investigate that take her to distant places - and to a past where truth and fiction are dangerously close together.

Former National Councillor Dr. Stotz lives in a villa on the Zürichberg, surrounded by portraits of a young woman. Melody was once his fiancée, but shortly before the wedding – over 40 years ago – she disappeared. To this day, Stotz can't get over it. He tells the young Tom Elmer, who is supposed to put his estate in order


Martin Suter "Melody"

2023, Diogenes, ISBN 13-978-3-257-07234-1

Price: hardcover 26 €, e-book 22.99 €, number of pages: 336 (different from format)

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5th place: "Blue Skies"

She has acquired a tiger python named Willie as a pet, which she wears around her shoulders like a glittering jewel. The question of the relationship to the environment runs through the family like a rift, until one night Willie disappears from the terrarium. With "Blue Skies", T.C. Boyle has written the ultimate novel about everyday life in our time - eerie, humorous and prophetic.

The countdown to the apocalypse has begun: California is going up in flames, floods are threatening Florida. "The planet is dying, don't you see that?" Cooper reproaches his mother, who obediently converts her kitchen to fried grasshoppers. There are also heated discussions with Sister Cat.

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T.C. Boyle "Blue Skies"

2023, Carl Hanser Verlag; ISBN 13-978-3-446-27689-5

Price: hardcover 28 €, e-book 20.99 €, number of pages: 400 (different from format)

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Source: merkur

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