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Berlín. Ciudad de piedras

(Berlin #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  5,592 ratings  ·  319 reviews
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
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Hardcover, Colección Sillón Orejero, 216 pages
Published April 2010 by Astiberri (first published June 1st 2000)
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David Schaafsma
I was not looking forward to reading this book. The roots of fascism and Naziism in twentieth century Germany? I feel like I know something about this, and have read my share of Holocaust literature, but I just had read Lutes's first book, Jar of Fools, and this was said to be his masterpiece, this trilogy, and it kind of looks like it is! I liked his first book and most of what I have read from him, but this is a step up to greatness, and it is only the first of the trilogy! The idea of the ...more
Mariel
Jun 21, 2011 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 17, 2008 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
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Mir
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, realism
Not a great read for me personally: I am already familiar with the history covered in the book, and was not particularly engaged by any of the characters/subplots.

But it was well done insofar as it went, and if you want an easy intro to the political issues and social milieu of Weimar-era Berlin, this would certainly be a painless way of learning.

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 ...more
Angela
Oct 28, 2009 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' ...more
Ilana
Ive always had an interest in Berlin during the Weimar Republic, maybe aided by the fact that so much has been written about it, and that Berlin then, much like Paris, was a city when everything was possible in the arts and culture and for people seeking alternative lifestyles. But it was also a place where disaster was brewing and when a person like me, who lost family members in the ensuing catastrophe, likes to imagine that perhaps things might have taken a different course.

In the first part
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Michael
.??? 200os: the weimar republic in the roaring 20s- first volume in the best graphic series i have read.

i 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 something like sense of horror of the rise of hitler, the horror of antisemitism then, the horror of its use as a political
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Mateen Mahboubi
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Weimar Republic is one of the more fascinating periods of modern history to me. Only existing for what seems like a flash in the pan in the grand scheme of history (1918-1933), the impacts of this period cant be underestimated. Like another favourite, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Lutes Berlin focuses on the lives of a variety of residents of the capital city with the backdrop of the surrounding political tension and upheaval. This volume definitely doesnt shy away from the political with many of ...more
Dani 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
Diane
Oct 07, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
What a disappointment! I have read three other graphic novels and to my surprise liked them very much so I was looking forward to this one. It also deals with a period that I am interested in - Germany between 1918 and 1932. I found the characters hard to differentiate and hence the story faltered and did not make sense. It also seemed to treat this complex difficult time rather simplistically. I am glad this was not my first graphic novel or I would have just written off the whole genre.
Joel
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some beautiful art, particularly some lovely wordless spreads. But the dialogue isn't great, and the drawings of people are (a) not great, and (b) somewhat too interchangeable.
Alex Tongue
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Others have remarked upon how Lutes uses small, human stories to paint a picture of the final days of the Weimar Republic, and their thoughts on that matter are much more interesting than mine.

I found myself, on the other hand, fascinated by the way Lutes shows tragedy and melancholy via distance - distance across time, space, emotional availability, and even ideology. He thematically grounds this by having one of the central characters, Marthe, enroll in art school. Marthe explicitly learns
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Willie Krischke
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now this is a proper graphic novel.

I am deeply impressed with the way Lutes uses the form to convey a mood, a sense that exists around and between the characters and the details of their lives; very few novels (of any sort) manage to convey the mood of a particular time and place so effectively. I really felt the sense of Berlin torn between two beasts, Communism and Nazism, the seductive appeal of both, and people in the middle - intellectuals, artists, and veterans who know better - desperate
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Radiantflux
14th book for 2017.

If I didn't live in Berlin and find the inter-war period in Berlin particularly interesting I would probably not have enjoyed this book as much as I did.

The drawings of the Berlin landscape were good, but the images of the characters were less so. Many felt cliched and too similarly drawn to be told apart. This was perhaps made worse by the German edition I read, where the images are printed too small, making it almost impossible to read some of the finer text boxes.

I don't
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Ambar Sahil Chatterjee
... in the end, I can call no other place my home.
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Set in the late 1920s, Berlin: City of Stones explores the twilight years of the Weimar Republic, when the mood in the city was turning from deep despair in the wake of Germanys crushing defeat in WW1 to the rancour and fear that paved the way for the rise of Nazism.

Elegant and eloquent, the slow-burn charm of this skilfully rendered graphic novel lies in its apparent simplicity, its clean lines and refreshingly restrained artwork, gently
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Tanvir Muntasim
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
An extremely underrated Graphic novel, set in the critical time in Berlin when fascism and communism were going head to head. A wonderfully evocative literary story depicting the lives of the common people and how they are affected in the watershed moments.
Jan
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compelling. A finely tuned exploration of the origins of the Third Reich and the pressure-cooker called Berlin
Barry
2.5/5
Was interesting to learn, high level, about the German state of affairs from 1928-1929.
Will definitely check out Vol. 2, which is the continuation.
Anna Bunce
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you could read a movie this is what it would be like. Can't wait for book 2 and 3!
Pratyush Mishra
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why I stumbled across this book, but I'm glad I did.
Robert
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story of various characters meeting & not meeting in late 1920s Berlin. Main characters are queer bohemian artists, communist workers, & leftist journalists. Also many vignettes featuring the daily internal lives of various minor characters (cops, prostitutes, nazi street thugs, bums, etc), some of whom appear later, and many of whom do not. Features many streetscapes.
Paula Lyle
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The pictures are beautiful. The story is not. Interesting history of Germany between the wars. So much pain and hunger and struggle to survive. Divisions between people become wider and deeper and more personal. History certainly repeats itself.
Ollie
May 30, 2014 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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Dan
Jan 23, 2011 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 ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
From the description I was thinking this would be more Isherwood less Germany Civil War with fascism vs. communism. But that's what the library is for, to prove to me I don't need to buy graphic novels before taking them for a test run first! The characters are all loosely connected and are hard to tell apart because the drawing style has everyone looking almost the same, sometimes it's hard to even distinguish between male and female. Only towards the end, which I might add is an abrupt ...more
Nick Kives
Apr 28, 2011 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.
Peter Knox
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2015
Very much enjoyed this fast historical fiction read. The drawing is lovely, the characters well developed, the actual history and philosophy building - I wanted more.

But it wasn't necessarily groundbreaking. I appreciated the book more having visited Berlin early this year and studied quite a bit of their history. Seeing that come to life is inspiring. Want to read the whole collection.
Chris
Dec 27, 2008 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.
Drawn  And Quarterly
"It will be the longest, most sophisticated work of historical fiction in comics...this book has the density of the best novels." --Time

"A book of impressive scope... full of novel combinations of text and pictures." --San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
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Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967 and grew up reading American superhero and western comics until a trip to France at age nine introduced him to the world of "bandes dessinées." In the late 1970s he discovered Heavy Metal magazine and the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, both of which proved major influences on his creative development.

Lutes graduated from the Rhode
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