Berlin

Berlin

Book - 2018
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"Berlin is an intricate look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens--Marthe Müller, a young woman escaping the memory of a brother killed in World War I, Kurt Severing, an idealistic journalist losing faith in the printed word as fascism and extremism take hold; the Brauns, a family torn apart by poverty and politics. Lutes weaves these characters' lives into the larger fabric of a city slowly ripping apart. The city itself is the central protagonist in this historical fiction. Lavish salons, crumbling sidewalks, dusty attics, and train stations: all these places come alive in Lutes' masterful hand. Weimar Berlin was the world's metropolis, where intellectualism, creativity, and sensuous liberal values thrived, and Lutes maps its tragic, inevitable decline. Devastatingly relevant and beautifully told, Berlin is one of the great epics of the comics medium."-- Amazon.com.
Publisher: [Montreal] : Drawn & Quarterly,a client publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781770463264
1770463267
Characteristics: 549 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color), map (on lining papers) ; 26 cm

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CMLibrary_CBlevins Jan 26, 2020

I enjoyed this a lot. This omnibus is a culmination of years of hard work by Jason Lutes as he brings a story that focuses on the various lives of people living in Berlin as the Nazis came to power in Germany. It is interesting to see how the people's attitudes hungered for change, and how that contributed to a dark time in Germany's history. Beautiful art, and a great story. If you are a history person, then I'd recommend this historical graphic novel fiction to read.

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Waluconis
Jun 03, 2019

Though I had previously read the first two books, I reread them all in this volume and was glad I did. The lapse between publication was a few years, so a lot was lost in the character development when putting years between reading the works. The third book, "City of Light", brought all the stories to fruition. Reading about the events that marked the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi regime as seen through the eyes of citizens living the life of the city is so very relevant today, given the rise of swastickas in demonstrations with the support of the American president. Describing the sweep through several years of that rise to power starting in the Weimar republic, all told through a number of smaller personal stories, Jason Lutes offers an insightful reading of history, both political and social. This also marks an landmark step in the development of the graphic novel.

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thingone
May 17, 2019

Set in Germany between the world wars, events seen through the eyes of diverse citizens. Interesting illustrations and explanation of the "vanishing point" used by artists( p. 97-100). Great graphics. I skimmed the book, as there is so much detail and many characters and stories, but will take this book out of the library again. Good list of references used at the end of the book.

carknerdy Aug 12, 2009

This is such a good graphic novel!! Especially if you are into angsty pre-WWII, gay innuendo, Weimar-era, communist brigades, tough journalists type stuff. The art is just perfect as well.. a little bit like Joe Sacco's work.
I only wish there were more than 2 volumes, they seem to be over so fast, especially since some of the violent sequences have few words.

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marishkajuko
Dec 27, 2011

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arachan44
Jul 23, 2018

Sexual Content: Probably not appropriate for kids under 16.

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