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BERLIN T02 : VILLE DE FUMÉE (Berlin #2) (Berlin #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,754 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
The second volume of Jason Lutes’s historical epic finds the people of Weimar Berlin searching for answers after the lethal May Day demonstration of 1929. Tension builds along with the dividing wall between communists and nationalists, Jews and Gentiles, as the dawn of the Second World War draws closer. Meanwhile, the nightlife of Berlin heats up as many attempt to distrac ...more
Published October 7th 2009 by by DELCOURT (first published 2002) (first published 2002)
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Seth T.
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
As far as middle chapters go, City of Smoke runs pretty much better than expected. Second acts generally fend off some of the energy and presence of the first in order to properly explode into the final act. While maintaining his virtuosity over the form, Lutes does calm things down a bit after the May Day massacre that concluded the first act.

City of Smoke largely explores two themes: the robust nightlife that ruled Berlin's hidden quarters and the growing political strife between factions of t
Alex Sarll
I worried that I'd been reading too much British mysticism and imperial decline lately, felt I needed something about somewhere else to stop me going entirely squirrelly ahead of next week's moment of national madness. So instead I started reading something set in Berlin in the latter half of 1929, whose blurb quite fairly promises that it "creates a sense of anxiety and imminent doom".

Sometimes I can be a complete idiot.

Divisions harden, the well-meaning turn on each other while the thugs rejoi
Razvan Zamfirescu
A doua parte din trilogia Berlinului este puțin mai profundă decât precendenta. Jason Lutes decide să-și implice activ personajele în politicul care începe să fie din ce în ce mai violent și mai prezent pe străzi.
Berlin – City of Smokes este de-o complexitate remarcabilă. Lutes este foarte dedicat studiului acelei perioade și reface cu o atenție de ceasornicar societatea de atunci, acordând în mod egal atenție atât politicului cât și vieții de noapte din Berlinul anilor 20.
Din punct de vedere s
Lars Guthrie
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This serves as a review of both volumes. The first was published in 2004, but it was wonderful to read them together (more volumes are planned). Lutes uses the Berlin May Day demonstrations as the dividing line in a two year story that takes place in the waning days of the Weimar Republic period from 1928 to 1930, just before the Nazis took over. Graphic novels are a beautiful medium to convey a rich and broad picture of history, and Lutes takes full advantage, creating something that prose or f ...more
City of Smoke, part two of Lutes's epic graphic novel set in Weimar Republic Berlin, sings. Reading it you can actually hear the panels: the music of the jazz band, the sounds of the city, the roar of the mounting political tension, the swing of Weimar excess. Any part two of three is difficult: part one has the advantage of the thrill of introduction, of origin; part three the excitement and satisfaction of conclusion. In Lutes's epic, of course the story moves forward, but Book Two has a disti ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Schaafsma
Second volume of Lutes' masterpiece about Berlin/Germany as it made the transition to Hitler.. Rich, varied, a panorama of different aspects of society heading to ruin... amazing.
Shawn Birss
Books like this make me wish I saved five star ratings exclusively for books like this.

This historical fiction about the rise of the National Socialists in 1929 Germany is so accurate to the time and place as to nearly not be fiction at all. The story is told through a staggeringly large cast considering the medium, weaving its way through the lives of couples, families, young, and old, through stories of immigrants, ethnic and sexual minorities, privileged German nationals, and the apolitical.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume was even better than the first one. Lutes is more consistent with his drawings and the comic is entirely sure of itself and the creative liberties he takes with the form. It's a real treat to read a comic this dense that is rooted in realism. I'm very excited to read the final volume in Fall 2018.
Josef Horký
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Velká paráda. Diptych Berlín vás usadí do jednoho z nejpůsobivějších měst Evropy pozdních dvacátých let minulého století - tedy v době, kdy jím cloumala na jedné straně bohéma a "intelektuální exploze", která světu dala mnoho umělců napříč médii... A na straně druhé chudoba, úzkost a věčné konflikty mezi sílícími partajemi komoušů a nácků (obě si moc dobře uvědomující, jakých postupů, hesel a model využít k ovládnutí mas).

Což je prostředí, ze kterého měla vyrůst jedna z největších tragédií lidst
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who read Book One
Shelves: comics, fiction, american
It was always going to be difficult, to follow up such a masterpiece as [Berlin: Book One]... There's less cohesion in this volume, less of a climax; the feeling of impending doom is not as overpowering; stories feel more disconnected and inconclusive. It might be because this volume really is an in-between chapter, preparing the ground for the final showdown when the Republic will finally fall and all fates will be sealed; or it might be that Lutes was trying to capture some of the more startli ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic
This is a well-conceived and executed graphic novel. The plot is an interesting mixture of historical fact and history-based speculation about what the lives of Berliners of the time would have been. The author, Lutes, explores through a variety of characters of different classes, political beliefs and backgrounds, Berlin (and the world) of the 20's, including many of the factors and, dare I say, subtleties, of how the National Socialists could come to power. This element is quite nuanced and re ...more
Eve Kay
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, wws
Quite likely one of the best graphic novels I've read.
For some reason it's hard for me to put my finger on why this one was even better than the first one, but I guess it's that the stories gave me so much.
Especially the jazz musicians were a good twist. They gave me a look into a whole nother aspect of the beginning of WWII and also through the storyline of the musicians there were quite a few different scenes and sides to the prevailing society that were shown which might not have been otherwi
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I really enjoyed the first volume of this series, and I really enjoyed this one as well. Covering the period from June 1929 to September 1930, it doesn't have the same narrative climax (May Day 1929) as the previous book, but it does have a strong set of internal plot arcs. Marthe and Kurt delve deeper into the heart of what makes the city tick, but at the cost of their own relationship; Kid Hogan, an African American jazz clarinettist, find ...more
Supratik Nandy
The 2nd installment does not live up to the high standards set up by the 1st book. The artwork is inconsistent, the narrative not as dense & engrossing . But Lutes’ beautifully captures those tumultuous times ,the city obviously is a character & you feel the creepy feeling of doom looming just around the corner. God knows when the 3rd book is going to come out.
Venkat Narayanan
Together with the first volume its a formidable piece of the comics form I have ever come across . Mr. Lutes is really good at painting the atmosphere through the characters. His use of thought bubbles is an expression of virtuosity in itself; He uses varied fonts and outlines across the book to project the character and they transform them into such real beings.

To be re-read.
Story-wise, there's nothing wrong with City of Smoke. The writing is certainly the same calibre as book one, City of Stones. Unfortunately, the art seems to have slipped a bit, feeling a bit less detailed and sloppy to the point where I occasionally had difficulty telling who a given character was upon first appearance.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earnest. Sincere. Informative. This books is a clear shot at trying to weave the strands of Weimar Germany society. From beggars to the elite, from virtuous to the decadent, from Jews to nascent Nazis, there's so much to see and learn. Often, it seems to descend into an illustrated text book, though...
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

introducing new people (an American Jazz band facing racism) yet keeping in touch and continuïng the story of the previous character, the book is a continuous joy to read. Tensions are rising and the book becomes more dim and dark.
Christopher Smith
I really can't recommend this series. Its wandering and confusing subplots overwhelm the larger story. I really came away knowing nothing further about the rise of Nazi Germany, and can't say I enjoyed any of the story plots in exchange.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seems to articulate the confusion and angst of pre-Nazi Berlin convincingly
Does anyone know if the third volume of this was ever published? I've been looking around haven't seen it anywhere.
LauChan (Libros en la Tormenta)
Es una novela gráfica preciosa que acaba aún mejor de lo que empezó. Severing es perfecto.
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, three and a half. Good story but, at times, terrible art. An example, the young girl looks like an old woman much of the time.
Ludovica Lugli
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando penso agli Stati Uniti, o meglio allo stile di vita degli americani e alla loro cultura, non posso evitare di pensare: generalizzazione, semplificazione, superficialità, riduzionismo e al tempo stesso boria, presunzione, prepotenza. Inutile aggiungere che un tale atteggiamento, sebbene non del tutto ingiustificato, può portarmi a compiere degli errori.

Soltanto ascoltandone la voce su YouTube, vedendone il volto tra immagini trovate da Google, o leggendone gli interventi su un blog di Word
This action-packed, sex-drenched second volume of Lutes' sprawling Berlin saga, while perhaps not really any better than the first was for me more enjoyable and harder to put down.

The book introduces an American black jazz band to the mix, which adds layers to the racial questions already inherent in a story about Germany on a path toward Nazism in addition to providing themes that neatly underline the larger socio-economic issues (eg., the exploitation of workers). The book does seem, for awhil
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this is more like it. I get the feeling that people can't stop talking about Jason Lutes' Berlin, but honestly, the book wasn't really worth talking about until this volume. While the previous book City of Stones was concerned with introducing us to a plethora of characters (who unfortunately all look alike and don't stand out enough for us to really distinguish them), it luckily enough ended with a "what the fuck" moment. One that that hopefully raised enough eyebrows to motivate curious re ...more
Scott Patrick
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first volume of Berlin and had high hopes going into the second volume. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the first book was how Lutes would go off on tangents and explore the lives of random Berliners, providing glimpses into their daily lives and their thoughts. Lutes plays to that here, introducing characters who witnessed or were otherwise impacted by the May Day massacre that served as the conclusion to the last volume. They re-appear throughout the book and it's eas ...more
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: German history fans
Recommended to Sannie by: Christian
Like the first part, I read Berlin: City of Smoke in German because I felt that it brought more to the story (in German, it's called Berlin: Bleierne Stadt). The Berliner dialect is still difficult to decipher at times (esp. when the characters Otto or Silvia speak). However, it brings the story a little closer to reality.

Lutes tells the story of Weimar Republic's end masterfully through his characters and true historical events (such as Horst Wessel's death and the elections in 1930). What I es
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
Both Berlin volumes are great - panoramic historical graphic novels of Weimar Berlin, and the deterioration of life just as the Nazis were about to take over.

Volume 2 - City of Smoke - follows the story of Marthe, but she is less of a protagonist than in volume 1; instead, the American jazz band takes center stage, as well as the heart-breaking story of Silvia, one of the children of Gudrun, who leads a street life once her mother is killed in a May Day demonstration, and her fascistic father l
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