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Berlin noir

Author: Thomas Wörtche; Lucy Renner Jones
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Akashic Books, [2019] ©2019
Series: Akashic noir series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The 13 stories in this welcome entry in Akashic's noir series, all set in 21st-century Berlin, are less about traditional crime and more likely to involve gentrification, immigrants, or Airbnb ... There's more than enough variety to entertain most readers."--Publishers Weekly "A city with a rich noir past looks beyond its history to an equally unsettling present ... Wörtche keeps his promise to show Berlin as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Short stories
Translations
Mystery fiction
Translations into English
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Wörtche; Lucy Renner Jones
ISBN: 9781617756320 1617756326
OCLC Number: 1050963506
Description: 285 pages : map ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I: Stress in the city. Dora / Zoë Beck --
I spy with my little eye / Ulrich Woelk --
The beauty of Kenilworth Ivy / Susanne Saygin --
Local train / Max Annas --
Part II: Cops & gansters. Cum cops / Kai Hensel --
The invisible man / Matthias Wittekindt --
Overtime / Miron Zownir --
Valverde / Ute Cohen --
Part III: Berlin scenes. Heinrichplatz blues / Johannes Groschupf --
Kaddish for Lazar / Michael Wuliger --
Fashion week / Katja Bohnet --
One of these days / Robert Rescue --
Dog tag afternoon / Rob Alef.
Series Title: Akashic noir series.
Responsibility: edited by Thomas Wörtche ; translated by Lucy Jones.

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"The 13 stories in this welcome entry in Akashic's noir series, all set in 21st-century Berlin, are less about traditional crime and more likely to involve gentrification, immigrants, or Airbnb ... There's more than enough variety to entertain most readers."--Publishers Weekly "A city with a rich noir past looks beyond its history to an equally unsettling present ... Wörtche keeps his promise to show Berlin as 'always moving forward in the present' in this determinedly contemporary but genuinely noir collection." -- Kirkus Reviews Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir . Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Brand-new stories by: Zoë Beck, Ulrich Woelk, Susanne Saygin, Robert Rescue, Johannes Groschupf, Ute Cohen, Katja Bohnet, Matthias Wittekindt, Kai Hensel, Miron Zownir, Max Annas, Michael Wuliger, and Rob Alef. Translated from German by Lucy Jones. From the introduction by Thomas Wörtche: Berlin does not make it easy to write noir fiction--or perhaps Berlin makes it too easy. Noir tradition casts a long, influential, and even daunting shadow. Alfred Döblin's and Christopher Isherwood's works, some of Bertolt Brecht's plays, the Morgue poems by Gottfried Benn, M by Fritz Lang, and many other narratives from the first third of the twentieth century, all of which are tinged with noir, set high intellectual standards, and literary and aesthetic benchmarks that are hard to surpass ... Neither Döblin nor Benn, Brecht nor Lang, catered to any crime fiction traditions. They merely steeped their literary projects in a great deal of noir. And so it is with most of the stories in our anthology: they do not necessarily follow the usual patterns of crime fiction, but regard noir as a license to write as they wish, a certain way of approaching the city, and a prism through which its nature is viewed ... What's left is history. It is omnipresent in Berlin at every turn; the city issaturated in a history full of blood, violence, and death.

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