By Peter Schneider, Sophie Schlondorff
It isn’t Europe’s such a lot beautiful city, or its oldest. Its structure isn't really extra notable than that of Rome or Paris; its museums don't carry extra treasures than those in Barcelona or London. And but, while voters of “New York, Tel Aviv, or Rome inquire from me the place I’m from and that i point out the identify Berlin,” writes Peter Schneider, “their eyes immediately mild up.”
Berlin Now is an established Berliner’s vibrant, daring, and digressive exploration of the heterogeneous attract of this shiny urban. Delving underneath the most obvious answers—Berlin’s membership scene, reinforced by way of the inability of a compulsory remaining time; the inventive communities that thrive as a result of particularly low (for now) fee of living—Schneider takes us on an insider’s journey of this quickly metamorphosing city, the place high-class soirees are held at development websites and enterprising contributors usually accomplish extra with no public funding—assembling a makeshift membership at the banks of the Spree River—than Berlin’s officers do.
Schneider’s perceptive, witty investigations on every little thing from the insidious legacy of suspicion instilled by means of the East German mystery police to the clashing attitudes towards paintings, nutrition, and love held through former East and West Berliners were sharply translated via Sophie Schlondorff. the result's a e-book so energetic that readers should want to bounce on a plane—just once they’ve comprehensive their adventures at the page.
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It doesn’t follow in the footsteps of the tourist attractions included in travel guides—Museum Island, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Brandenburg Gate. Nor does it take its cue from the lights of the once again glittering Friedrichstraße and Potsdamer Platz. When it comes to magnificent boulevards, every major city in Europe has something similar—or better—to offer. What’s distinctive about Berlin are the warehouses and industrial ruins from which the city is re-creating itself. There’s no doubt: over the last fifteen years, some of the best architects in the world have built in Berlin and occasionally—though not always—constructed something great.
Far Eastern scents and meditation music wafted into the stairwell from her apartment. Sometimes Inka would get a massage from this neighbor. The woman’s name later showed up on a list of informers for East Germany’s state security service. From that point on, Inka stopped availing herself of the mystic’s services. She would baffle her friends by telling them that she had been “in the hands of the Stasi” twice a week. Another longtime tenant of Haus Huth had planted a garden on the overgrown street in front of the building.
There were no bakeries nearby, let alone supermarkets; no schools, no kindergartens; the closest bus stop was a ten-minute walk away. The U-Bahn trains thundering underground through the sealed-off Potsdamer Platz ghost station every few minutes made an earth-shattering noise. The tenants who lived in the building in the 1980s were treated to novel sights and sounds several times a year. Potsdamer Platz became the preferred location of politicians and presidents from around the world for visiting and making public appearances.