When in Berlin, read all about it!

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. 2019 © Paola Cacciari
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. 2019 © Paola Cacciari

Lizzy's Literary Life

Brandenburg Gate

There are thousands upon thousands of books about Berlin. Where to start? I started with the first book published by the (relatively) new publisher on the Berlin block, Readux Books.

City of Rumor:The Compulsion to Write about Berlinexplains why there is so much choice. For Berlin imposes itself on writers, demanding that the experience be put on the page …. and yet, as we shall see, it is notoriously difficult to do.

There is a measure of unaccountable time you can spend in Berlin and write it off as extended holiday frippery. But there comes a Rubiconic moment, after which you’ll find it hard to leave without having something to say for it all.

So begins Gideon Lewis-Kraus’s 21-page essay on Berlin, the city to which he went on a Fullbright scholarship in 2007-2008, to write a novel. However, the city of hedonistic excess and what he…

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