David Bowie, 69, died on January 10. And while we remember his fantastic music, fashion sense, and all in all space oddities, we also are reminded of his essential reading list.
This 1929 novel is on his To Read List, and is considered one of the most important pieces of literature of the Weimar Republic (then Germany). The novel revolves around protaganist Alexanderplatz, an ex-convict who circles life in misery, poverty, crime, lack of opportunities and the imminent loom of Nazisim in the 20s. It's a stark portrayal of Germany at that time and one that will make you recognise the harshness of life.