Jeff, a Facebook friend, wrote on my Wall:
Which five German books should I read, before I return to Amerika [my translation]?
He seems to read German. I will recommend: Goethe’s Faust, Rilke’s Duino Elegies or Sonnets to Orpheus, Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks, Franz Kafka short stories (don’t forget "Ein Landarzt,"), and Hermann Hesse’s Glass Bead Game. Non-fiction does seem to count for the query, although it would not crack my list of top five. Schopenhauer tempts as well. Do you have better ideas for him?