Berlin: City of Smoke (Berlin Series #2)

Berlin: City of Smoke (Berlin Series #2)

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by Jason Lutes
     
 

The second installment of the epic historical trilogy

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.

Overview

The second installment of the epic historical trilogy

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 distract themselves from the political upheavals within the city. The American jazz band Cocoa Kids arrives and quickly becomes a fixture. The lives of the characters within Lutes's epic weave together to create a seamless portrait of this transitory city. Marthe Muller follows her lover Kurt Severing as he interviews participants in the May Day demonstration, but she moonlights in the city's lesbian nightlife.Severing acts as a window through which the political shifts within the city and its participants can be seen. As with Berlin Book One: City

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A comic of impressive scope, taking place in Weimar Berlin and touching on the issues of politics, aesthestics and technology in that cultural ground zero.” —San Francisco Chronicle on Berlin Book One

“[Berlin] will be the longest, most sophisticated work of historical fiction in the medium. Lutes has a natural, clean, European drawing style, much like Hergé's Tintin . . . This book has the density of the best novels.” —Time on Berlin Book One

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897299531
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Publication date:
09/16/2008
Series:
Berlin Series , #2
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
845,234
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
17 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Born in 1967, JASON LUTES is an American cartoonist whose work includes the ongoing Berlin trilogy, and the graphic novel Jar of Fools.

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Berlin: City of Smoke (Berlin Series #2) 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No13 More than 1 year ago
The second installment in the Berlin series of graphic novels. While I greatly enjoyed the continuing story of pre-Nazi takeover Germany, I was left feeling a little cold that the story didn't move a bit faster. The characterization and plot are just as well developed as the first and I greatly enjoyed reading this book. But the political landscape (which, let's face it, is the center of gravity for this book) goes by the wayside a little. Hopefully the series will pick up again with the third installment. I'd still highly recommend this book for readers of the first, just be prepared to be left wanting more (but in a good way!).