Which means I'm going to be reading an early German sort-of novel, Simplicissimus, by Grimmelhausen. This was recommended to me by my brother, who is a professor of Middle High German. It was written in 1688 and is an angry satirical adventure of the Thirty Years' War, a vicious war that decimated large swathes of Europe.
It's quite long, and as I noted in my Spin list, I actually started it a little while ago. I'm not very far in yet, and I definitely need some motivation, so this is a good thing. Wish me luck!