The headline rather says it all: two German books are among the fifteen titles nominated for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. They are:
Julia Franck: Back to Back (trans. Anthea Bell) - a moving story of a brother and sister growing up in East Germany, whose mother is not all that motherly, as I recall,
Birgit Vanderbeke: The Mussel Feast (trans. Jamie Bulloch) - which is a bit of a modern-day classic that I still haven't read. Silly me.
Good luck to all four candidates!