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Berlin Tales

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
If there is one city that captures the tragedy and euphoria of the twentieth century, it is Berlin. The scene of socialist revolution and Nazi oppression, invaded and occupied, divided and blockaded, it rose again after German reunification to become a thriving global cultural center. Not surprisingly, Berlin has been home to some of the finest writers in any language, who ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 17th 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 25th 2009)
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Sal Noel
Jul 20, 2014 Sal Noel rated it it was ok
Can I review after reading only 3 of the stories? Seems unfair as there may be treats to come but shouldn't an editor hook the reader in with a great opening tale? Appears to me to be a case of- We need some short stories about Berlin- go and write something... oh just look out of your window and write what you see...
I like a story to have some characters and some sort of a storyline ( or a memorable style)- all I saw was descriptions of a city- Abandoned.
Mar 13, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, b, female-author
Berlin tales is a collection of short stories about Berlin. Many of them are translated and I think much got lost in translation and often the translation is too literally as the stories are disjointed and often fail to make sense. If the book was not called Berlin Tales it would be difficult to work out where many of the stories were set as they make little reference to Berlin in them.
Disappointed as the short stories were quite ill written - it was difficult to actually understand them. Shame as I love Berlin!
Jun 23, 2014 Tom marked it as to-read
Shelves: m, german-germany, berlin
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