Shelf Awereness recommends Berlin

“Shelf Awareness for Tuesday, July 9, 2019” / Shelf-awereness / July 9, 2019

Totaling almost 600 pages, Berlin is a 20-year endeavor of cartoonist Jason Lutes to tell the story of a city at the crossroads of war, identity and belonging. This is Berlin during the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), told from the point of view of everyday citizens. Weaving together fact and fiction with many illustrations based on archival photos, Lutes's Eisner-nominated work reads like a documentary, a diary, a love letter, a warning. With extensive back matter suggesting further reading, this should appeal to readers of cultural and micro histories, as well as of graphic journalists like Joe Sacco and Sarah Glidden. This may be the heaviest book you read all year--and it's worth every page.

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