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8 April 2020

Berlin books to get away from it all!

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If you have to spend a lot of time at home, you will reach the point where you no longer feel like watching TV or streaming services. And what’s the diagnosis? Enough is enough!
What can help? Taking a look out the window, for example! And what do we see? Berlin! Our great city! With all its peculiarities and quirks. It’s so fascinating that numerous books have been written about it.


We’ve chosen five books about Berlin that you can read now, which you may not otherwise find the time to read. If you don’t already have these books on your shelf, you can buy them in one of Berlin’s bookshops that are still open!

Here is a short selection of Berlin’s most interesting bookshops. Most even offer a “contactless” delivery service. Here we go!

Alfred Döblin: Berlin Alexanderplatz

Book cover "Berlin Alexanderplatz" by Alfred Döblin.

There’s always some nitwit who asks us Berliners: Have you read Berlin Alexanderplatz? Some people haven’t found the time to do so and then say, somewhat sheepishly: Read it?! I walk there every day!

Alfred Döblin’s book is great and gritty at the same time. Just like Berlin. This classic is worth reading. (credit © S. Fischer Verlag)

Sven Regener: Herr Lehmann (Berlin Blues)

Book cover "Herr Lehmann" by Sven Regener.
Herr Lehmann von Sven Regener

In this novel, the year of German reunification puts Kreuzberg protagonist Mr. Lehmann through a gruelling test. Excellently written with plenty of dry wit by Sven Regener – you can escape the limitations of your own four walls with this book. That’s a promise! (credit © Goldmann Verlag)

Erich Kästner: Fabian. Die Geschichte eines Moralisten (The Story of a Moralist)

Book cover "Fabian. The story of a moralist" by Erich Kästner.

Berlin. The last days of the Weimar Republic. The main protagonist of the book, Jakob Fabian, is unemployed. He wanders through his city and watches what’s going on. A great book about the big city, which proves that children’s literature isn’t the only thing Erich Kästner can do! (credit © Atrium Verlag)

Ernst Haffner: Blutsbrüder (Blood Brothers)

Book cover "Blutsbrüder" by Ernst Haffner.

Berlin at the beginning of the 1930s. The global economic crisis. Thousands of homeless young people live on the streets. The book’s protagonists, Willi and Ludwig, become part of a gang of youths. And Ernst Haffner describes what this means at the time in great detail. (credit © Aufbau Verlag)

Christiane F.: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (We Children of Zoo Station)

Bookcover "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" by Christiane F.

In this book, Christiane F. from Berlin tells the story of her childhood. It’s raw and ruthlessly open. A book about disorientation and drug addiction. Back then, at the end of the 70s, this book shocked all of Germany – and it is still very much worth reading today. (credit © Carlsen Verlag)


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