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Berlín. Ciudad de piedras (Berlin #1)

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Elegida por la revista Time como una de las 10 mejores novelas gráficas de todos los tiempos.

Berlín: Ciudad de piedras presenta la primera parte de de la fascinante trilogía de Jason Lutes ambientada en Alemania en las horas sombrías de la República de Weimar. El periodista Kurt Severing y la estudiante de arte Marthe Müller son las figuras centrales de un elenco de person
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Hardcover, Colección Sillón Orejero, 216 pages
Published April 2010 by Astiberri (first published June 1st 2000)
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Mariel
Aug 24, 2011 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Frankfurt
Recommended to Mariel by: Hamburg
Berlinerluft is the special air of Berlin, like a magic atmosphere. Or love or being drunk or high. Staying up all night and feeling like you didn't waste a moment and the day ahead of you isn't seen through raccoon eyes that want to scurry inside the nearest trash bin tingles up your spine. If Los Angeles smog turns people in Tom Hanks and they go diving into volcanoes what happens to Berliners? They walk into fog and come out in love? They make the best David Bowie albums and are as supremely ...more
Seth T.
Sep 30, 2008 Seth T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Every now and again, a comic comes out that assures me that the medium can tell certain kinds of stories in a way that no other medium can touch. Every now and again, a comic comes out that despite its natural humility asserts itself as a model to which the medium should aspire. Every now and again, a comic comes out that just flat-out knocks me off my feet and makes me think that everything is going to be alright after all.

That comic this time round is Jason Lutes' Berlin: City of Stones.

It's n
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somuchreading
Jun 21, 2015 somuchreading rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
το graphic novel ξεκινάει αργά και οι πρώτες του σελίδες δε με άφησαν ενθουσιασμένο, όμως όσο προχωρά τόσο πιο συναρπαστική και βαθιά γίνεται η ιστορία αυτών των λίγων μηνών στο Βερολίνο του μεσοπολέμου. νομίζω πως αν ενδιαφέρεται κάποιος για το τι έχει συμβεί σε αυτή την πόλη, τότε το έργο του Lutes δε θα τον αφήσει αδιάφορο

εννοείται πως θέλω να διαβάσω και το Vol.2 πρίν βγει το 3ο και τελευταίο κομμάτι της σειράς
Angela
Oct 29, 2009 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
Lutes has vividly captured Weimar Republic Berlin in this ambitious historical graphic novel. It's impossible to read it and not have a heightened sense of the cultural, political, and economic forces clashing within the city. Some of the characters struggle to find enough to eat while some ponder how unimaginable it would be to work; some are gradually drawn into politics while others attempt to stay out of the fray. Lutes succeeds at creating this swirling, animated Berlin, where characters' l ...more
Sam Quixote
This book starts the series Lutes has devoted years to creating, the story of Germany between the wars. The story follows the lives of several people, a journalist riling against the rise of fascism, a young art student conflicted with her feelings of love for other women, a married woman who is thrown out of her family by her husband for her leanings toward communism, as well as others. The story shows rallies for various political parties as well as peoples' feelings for Hindenburg and of cour ...more
Andy Shuping
The first thing that I noticed about this novel was the artwork. I like the simple clean cut lines that give us such depth and emotion to the characters and the worlds around them. Jason captures the gritty city life well in decaying buildings, the rooftops where the art students hang out, and the traffic circles. The one thing that did trouble me was that some of the faces were...manish in appearance. I had to look at the clothing and the hair style to see if it was a male or female character ( ...more
Alan Chen
Feb 18, 2015 Alan Chen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Berlin is a historical comic dealing with life in Berlin, Germany between 1928 and May Day in 1929. It's meticulously researched and gives a viewpoint of a huge swath of society: the Nazis, Jews, socialists, communists, bourgeoisie, workers etc. etc. Despite having the city as its main character. There are a couple of other major love stories, one particularly of a journalist with an aspiring artist new to the city. Through her eyes we get to experience what life is like in Berlin between the wa ...more
Dan
Jan 23, 2011 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
this was a great way to spend an afternoon. lutes' berlin: city of stones is an atmospheric panorama of weimar germany and its uncertain inhabitants. there are a lot of characters to keep track of for such a short graphic novel, and i'm glad that there are two more installments in my future (eventually... only one is published at the moment from what i gather) through which he might flesh all of them out. instead of sadistic nationalists and communist zealots, lutes establishes a world of troubl ...more
Lahierbaroja
Oct 09, 2015 Lahierbaroja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si buscas una versión intimista y centrada en los personajes del período de entreguerras del siglo XX, Berlín es una opción perfecta. Porque más allá de las tácticas y las grandes batallas, son los ciudadanos los que sufren las contiendas bélicas, y aquí se refleja perfectamente.


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Nick Kives
May 27, 2011 Nick Kives rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting read. Takes place in about a 6 months span between 1928-1929 in Berlin. Events and the lives of people during the switch of power from the Kaiser and to the Labour party. This was originally supposed to be a 3 books series, but the 3rd never came out, so I'm curious what happened. This takes me back to reading Maus, not sure because of a similar story, but a non-fiction story dealt in a very serious way. Though this deals with much less hardships than Maus did.
Helen
Jul 14, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
I was really impressed with this graphic novel - tremendous drawing and writing. The story of Marthe - her adjustment to Berlin, her life as an art student, her affair, the struggles of her lover - as well as the emerging political chaos in pre-War Berlin as the backdrop to her story and those of many others, is the connecting link between Books I and II. You do get to know the many different characters and want to find out what happened to each of them, how they are going to cope with the deter ...more
Eve Kay
Nov 01, 2015 Eve Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've found that the best way for me to read about wars is through graphic novels. In this book the art is very expressive and detailed and I enjoyed it very much. The story is about several characters and their lives and the whole story consists of levels, which requires paying attention and I like that.
All in all this book worked very well and I'm looking forward to reading the second part.
Ollie
Jun 04, 2014 Ollie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let me start this review exactly as I started my review of Lutes' Jar of Fools.

Ahem.

"Honestly, I don't know what all the hoopla is with Jason Lutes' Berlin, because Jar of Fools is where it's at."

Not that Berlin is a terrible book by any means, it's just boring and uneventful most of the time. While this is just the beginning of what will be Lutes' trilogy on the Weimar republic and Germany in between wars, Book 1: City of Stones can be quite a frustrating read. It's essentially a mishmash of
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Akke
very impressive
Jan
Jan 27, 2015 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Kdyby Lutes zůstal myčem nádobí, udělal by líp. Zdaleka by se tolik nenadřel a spousta nevinných čtenářů včetně mě by byla spokojenější a četbou Berlína promarněný čas, by mohla zmařit něčím kvalitnějším jako třeba četbou starých Pionýrů. Komiksová literatura je zdá se ještě tak útlá a mladá totiž tak naivní a vděčná, že není problém vydávat ve velkém ryzí grafomanii. Přece když už si někdo dal tu práci a počmáral stovky stránek, musí na tom něco být, ne? Ano, nejspíš je to mnohem pracnější než ...more
Chris
Jan 14, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel perfectly captures the exuberance, tumult, and foreboding that defined life in Weimar Germany, the crucible of 20th century modernity (as well as of modernity's discontents). There's even a nice little love story thrown in. Very much looking forward to book two.
Maxwell
Mar 22, 2016 Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, Berlin: City of Stones, is about the pre-WW2 Berlin. It has a group of characters experience the times leading up to the war, like the daughter of a communist, named Silvia, a journalist, named Kurt, and a artist, named Marthe.
This particular characters give us a lot of perspectives, which for a point in time like then, provides some interesting variety.

This book is a great look back at pre WW2 Germany, but it doesn't take it lightly. It is a very adult book, and not for the light of
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LordOfDorkness
I did not read this. I don't know why its here. While you ponder this, I will presently eat a small apple and lounge in my lounge recliner which is made of bones.
Sara
Feb 12, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-gn
I'm not usually that into historical narratives, whether they be comics or not, but I sure enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read part two.
Michael Duane  Robbins
Very dense with specific details, this is the first of three graphic novel collections which covers the unrest in Germany's Weimer Republic between the wars. Unemployment is rampant, there is the romance of art student Marthe Muller & journalist Kurt Severing with his mounting angst over the future of Germany.Set between Sept. 1928 & May Day, 1929, it veers between the Reds (communists), the Brownshirts, (the rising Nazi party) & the republic's own police brutality and concludes with ...more
Aydah
Aug 03, 2014 Aydah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend grabbed this copy for me because she knows my taste (thanks Ann!). I laughed at this one picture of a post-coitus naked man. Oh look at me....I'm using a fancy word, post-coitus! The picture was a frontal body shot and I pointed and laughed with my friend about it. We were totally immature for our age. Then, there were more and I giggled warmly. On the serious note, I thought this was an okay read. Nothing too exciting but this graphic novel portrays the every-day lives of ordinary peop ...more
Luis Luiggi sanchez
If you've ever have had an interest in the interwar period in Germany, this the graphic novel you've been waiting to read. This is the story of pre-Nazi hegemony in Berlin told through several Berliners, many of them on the fringe of society trying to find their way through the changing politics and socioeconomic climate of their day. There are artists, prostitutes, communists, brown-shirts, Jews, LGBTQ and more drawn in a realistic fashion. This book ends with a cliffhanger, so have the second ...more
Razvan Zamfirescu
Nu mai știu cum am ajuns la comics-ul lui Jason Lutes dar nici nu mai contează.
Tot ce contează este că am descoperit o adevărată bijuterie a romanului grafic.
Berlinul lui Jason Lutes este extraordinar de bine redat și construit. Povestea este construită în jurul a două personaje: Kurt Severing - un jurnalist care scrie eseuri politice pentru comuniști - și Marthe Muller - o studentă în vârstă de 29 de ani la arte.
Ambele personaje par aruncate de vârtejul și haosul din Germania anilor 20 într-u
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P.Sannie
Jan 05, 2009 P.Sannie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: German history fans
I read this book in German and I have to say that I think it might be better in German than in English for a huge reason: You get to read the different dialects. The Berliner dialect is strongly present and at times difficult to read, but I can't imagine how this would be shown in English.

Lutes tells the story of Weimar Republic Berlin right before the National-socialists took over. He weaves the story wonderfully with various characters: Marthe Müller (art student from Cologne), Kurt Severing
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Evan
The Nazis and Reds have clashed on May Day 1929 and one of our prole protags may have met with a sad fate...or has she?

Tune in next time in Volume 2 of Berlin... to find out!

I love it that, in spite of all the hushed solemnities attending uber-serious graphic novels like this, when all is said and done the cliffhanger--that old standby from the lowliest action comic of yore--is trotted out as our Trotskyites and Teutonic Tories do battle.

Hey, it's OK. Jason Lutes may be an artiste, but he still
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the gift
the weimar republic in the roaring 20s- first volume in the best graphic series I have read.

have just reread this, rare to do so with graphics, but worth it. my knowledge of history of that time is primarily through narrative works like this, not studying, finding a sense of the times through historical fiction- movies, books, now graphics- that helps make sense of the rise of hitler, horror of antisemitism as a political force, extremism of fascism, hope and naïveté of the common people...

best
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Mips
Apr 26, 2010 Mips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duitsland, Berlijn, Weimar-republiek (tss WOI en WOII), opkomst NSDAP, economische crisis, hoge werkloosheidsgraad, grootschalige 1 mei-mars 1929,...
Tegen deze historische achtergrond wordt het verhaal verteld over de ontmoeting tussen de journalist, Kurt Severing en de kunststudente, Marthe Müller.
Onlangs las ik toevallig ook Dick Matena's 'Parijs 25/44' en het contrast tussen beide werken kon niet groter zijn. Waar Matena een eerder onbeduidend verhaal ophangt aan een aantal beroemde historisc
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Graziano
Berlin: City of Stones, according to the magazine Time, is one of the best graphic novel ever written.

Berlin: City of Stones by Jason Lutes is supposed to be a graphic novel series describing life in Berlin between WWI and WWII. The main characters of book one are an art student (Marthe Mueller) and a journalist (Kurt Severing), a second story line tells about a family who decides to follow the main political streams: mother and daughter join the communist party, while father and son join the N
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Emilie W
Berlin: City of Stones is a historical graphic novel. It introduces the cultural, political, and economic forces clashes in 1928. Within the book the characters’ lives constantly intersect, Lutes probably writing so in order to conjure a sense of fluidity. However, I find this graphic novel poses problems with its busyness since things can easily be mixed up and, therefore, form misconceptions. I often felt blindsided by the sudden appearances of characters without enough explanation, and even w ...more
Josh
Sep 30, 2013 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best graphic novel I've ever read. It blew me away because it is primarily a novel.

With all due respect to McCloud's thesis in "Understanding Comics," it sometimes feels like both the author and the audience of graphic novels gets sucked into the black hole of "novelty" of the medium. They optimistically imagine that the delicious interplay between drawings and words creates the value.

They are wrong: the interplay is merely a tool (and not even a new tool). The magic is purely anci
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