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#Bookreview Berlin. A Literary Guide for Travellers by Paul Sullivan (@slowberlin) and Marcel Krueger (@kingofpain666) Well researched, detailed and offering great insights into an emblematic city. #Berlin

Hi all:

I am trying to get up-to-date and catch up with the reviews I haven’t shared (I’m sure I’ll miss some but…) so I can start sharing them as I read the books. Today it’s the turn of a non-fiction book that travel and literature fans will love.

Berlin. A Literary Guide for Travellers by Paul Sullivan and Marcel Krueger
Berlin. A Literary Guide for Travellers by Paul Sullivan and Marcel Krueger

Berlin. A Literary Guide for Travellers by Paul Sullivan and Marcel Krueger. 

I.B.Tauris

Description

An alternative guide for those looking for the literary heart of Berlin.

Located at the centre of the ever-changing politics of Europe, Berlin has a rich literary and creative history: from the socialist literary salons of 18th century Prussia and the rise of Expressionism in the 20th century to the explosion of creativity during the Weimar period and those who captured life on both sides of the divided city after the Second World War.

Written by local experts, this new guide offers travellers a glimpse into the compelling body of literature on Berlin, charting the bars, cafes and neighbourhoods in which much of it was created. Here travellers will discover the pub where Joseph Roth wrote The Radetzky March just a year before he left Berlin on the day that Adolf Hitler was elected Chancellor, and the apartment where Nabokov spent some of the most productive years of his career. The authors also chart the up-and-coming neighbourhoods that are enticing writers and artists from all over the world today.

A Note From the Publisher

I.B.Tauris Literary Guides for Travellers were recently voted among the 24 best indie travel guides by FATHOM. Also in the series: Sicily, Florence and Tuscany, Tangier, Venice, Scotland, The French Riviera

Advance Praise

‘A rich and learned companion for every lover of Berlin; bursting with anecdote and alive with history. A must.’
– Rory MacLean, author of Berlin: Imagine a City

Links:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1784536423/

https://www.amazon.com/Berlin-Literary-Guide-Travellers-Guides-ebook/dp/B01LWSKY4H/

A bit of information about the authors:

Author Paul Sullivan
Author Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan is a Berlin-based writer & travel photographer and the founder/editor of Slow Travel Berlin. His words and images have appeared in The Guardian, BBC, Sunday Times Travel, The Telegraph, Nat Geo UK and more, and he has written several books on music and travel, including the HG2 Berlin, Rough Guide to Berlin, National Geographic Walking Berlin and Wallpaper Berlin. You can check out his photography galleries here.

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Author Marcel Krueger
Author Marcel Krueger

Marcel Krueger:

Marcel is a writer, translator (German-English / English-German) and editor, and mainly writes non-fiction about places, their history, and the journeys in between.

He works as Content Manager for PayPal and is also the book editor of Elsewhere Journal and the contributing editor of Sonic Iceland.

His articles and essays have been published in the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Reykjavik Grapevine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Cool Dublin, Slow Travel Berlin, the Matador Network, CNN Travel and Spotted by Locals, amongst others. He has translated Wolfgang Borchert and Jörg Fauser, and his commercial translation clients include Gidsy, new talents – biennale cologne, University of Bielefeld, Fuhrwerkswaage Kunstraum and the Enveritas Group.

Together with Seamus Heaney, Roddy Doyle and a bunch of other great Irish writers Marcel currently holds the world record for ‘Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books’ at the Irish Writers’ Centre.

In 2009, together with the other contributors, he won the Irish Blog Awards for their writings in the Dublin Community Blog.

Marcel is also a graduate of the Matador New Media School for Travelers.

Check his website for more information.

My review:

Thanks to NetGalley and to I.B.Tauris for offering me an ARC copy of this book that I voluntarily choose to review.

This is a book that does what it says on the tin, and much more. The authors share a great wealth of research that they divide by neighbourhoods, not only of the writers born in Berlin but also of those who emigrated to the city or visited and produced some significant piece of work inspired by their stay or travels. Providing a detailed historical background into the birth and development of the city, it also describes the most important buildings in each area, and their significance to culture, be it official culture or underground and resistance.

The book contains brief biographies of the authors it discusses, from the Grimm Brothers, Mark Twain, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, to writers published within the last five years. It illustrates the city with quotes and extracts from a variety of works, from poems, songs, novels… I’ve personally discovered fascinating stories of parks housing suicidal literary lovers, of breweries that became hubbubs of culture and neighbourhood life through the centuries, of resistance on both sides of the wall, of writers who continued to create no matter how dire their circumstances, of heroics and controversies, and of a city that has suffered and endured as much as its citizens. Destroyed and rebuilt, fragmented and reunited, it has provided fertile ground for literature and artistic creation through its history and this guide offers the reader a taster that is sure to encourage further exploration.

I haven’t visited Berlin personally, but I finished the book with an urgency to go, and with the feeling that anybody who visits Berlin taking this guide with them will see it through a myriad of perspectives and live an unforgettable experience.

I hope to read more of these literary guides and to be able to take them with me on future trips. Highly recommended to lovers of travel and literature alike.

Thanks to NetGalley, I.B. Tauris and to the authors for this book, thanks to all of your for reading, and remember to like, share, comment and CLICK!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
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13 replies on “#Bookreview Berlin. A Literary Guide for Travellers by Paul Sullivan (@slowberlin) and Marcel Krueger (@kingofpain666) Well researched, detailed and offering great insights into an emblematic city. #Berlin”

When I visited Berlin, it was still in the DDR, and divided by the wall. I was holidaying in East Germany, and went through ‘the other way’. It was a fascinating place, and is no doubt much easier to explore these days. It would be interesting to still be able to see some of Isherwood’s Berlin, from between the wars, though I suspect much of that was destroyed.
https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/holiday-and-travel-east-germany-1979/
This looks like an unusual travel guide indeed.
Best wishes, Pete.

Thanks, Pete. I will check your post. It must have been an interesting experience (I briefly visited Txecoslovakia when it was still one country and it was an interesting experience too). This is a series of these guides and I hope I’ll have a chance to review some future ones (they all sound very interesting) and also, perhaps to live through the guides during a visit. I think it’s the perfect present for travellers who love books (and vice versa). I hope you have a lovely and positive week, Pete.

When they send me information about the whole series I knew I was in trouble. A must for readers and travellers alike. Have a lovely week, Sarah.

Berlin is always worth a trip Olga! Go soon, you won’t regret it. So much history in one place, the best and worst of humanity.

Thanks, Hans. And you’re right. A place of contrasts, like life itself. Your new book is next on my list (I just need to finish reading the book I’m with now). Looking forward to it.

I love to travel, although, it has been a while. Berlin happens to be on my bucket list. I love to read about the historical facts of a country or city and I also love architecture, so this book seems like a must read for me. Thank you!

Thanks, Vashti. It’s also on my list and luckily not that far away. I need to get organised and that’s proven a bit difficult at the moment. I hope you enjoy the book and the trip.

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