Overview

These two short stories are from the book Berlin! Berlin! Dispatches from the Weimar Republic, by Kurt Tucholsky, published by Berlinica in 2013.

The first story is a satirical reflection on the stereotypical Berliner; the second story is an ironic take on the hardships a cabaret writer suffers. It is also an extremely funny and probably only slightly exaggerated behind-the-scenes description of political cabaret in Weimar Berlin and the ...
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The Times Are Screaming for Satire

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Overview

These two short stories are from the book Berlin! Berlin! Dispatches from the Weimar Republic, by Kurt Tucholsky, published by Berlinica in 2013.

The first story is a satirical reflection on the stereotypical Berliner; the second story is an ironic take on the hardships a cabaret writer suffers. It is also an extremely funny and probably only slightly exaggerated behind-the-scenes description of political cabaret in Weimar Berlin and the constant infighting between desperate authors, ruthless agents, anxious directors, bossy theater owners, vain actors and actresses—and the befuddled audience, and the press, who is watching it. This story has not aged one little bit and could very well take place in New York.

Berlin! Berlin! is a satirical selection from the "man with the acid pen and the perfect pitch for hypocrisy,” as New York author and Tucholsky-expert Peter Wortsman writes. This book os a complete collection of Tucholsky’s news stories, features, satirical pieces, and poems about his hometown Berlin. It depicts Weimar Berlin, its cabarets, its policies, its follies, its ticks, and its celebrities, such as Pola Negri, Gussy Holl, Bert Brecht, Max Reinhardt, or Heinrich Zille. The book contains some of Tucholsky’s most famous pieces, among them Berlin! Berlin!, a feature of the stereotypical Berliner on the phone, on vacation or doing “bizness”, more than one satirical biography of the author himself, and some of his most famed stories such as where the holes in the cheese come from, or about the lion who escaped the Berlin zoo. Herr Wendriner, the chatty Berlin businessman makes an appearance, as well as Lottchen, the flapper, modelled after one of Tucholsky’s real-life gilrfriends. Also Tucholsky’s long-term friends Karlchen and Jakopp are part of this book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016441610
  • Publisher: Berlinica Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 5/19/2013
  • Series: Berlin! Berlin! , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,088,081
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kurt Tucholsky was a brilliant satirist, poet, storyteller, lyricist, pacifist, and Democrat; a fighter, lady’s man, reporter, and early warner against the Nazis who hated and loathed him and drove him out of Germany after his books were burned in 1933. His contemporary Erich Kaestner called him a "small, fat Berliner," who "wanted to stop a catastrophe with his typewriter." The New York Times hailed him as "one of the most brilliant writers of republican Germany. He was a poet as well as a critic and was so versatile that he used five or six pen names. As Peter Panter he was an outstanding essayist who at one time wrote topical sketches in the Vossische Zeitung, which ceased to appear under the Nazi regime; as Theobald Tiger he wrote satirical poems that were frequently interpreted by popular actors in vaudeville and cabartes, and as Ignatz Wrobel he contributed regularly to the Weltbühne, an independent weekly that was one of the first publications prohibited by the Hitler government." Tucholsky, who occupied the center stage in the tumultuous political and cultural world of 1920s Berlin, still emerges as an astonishingly contemporary figure. As an angry truth-teller, he pierced the hypocrisy and corruption around him with acute honesty. Imagine a writer with the acid voice of Christopher Hitchens and the satirical whimsy of Jon Stewart, combined with the iconoclasm of Bill Maher. That’s Tucholsky in a nutshell. Like Hitchens, Tucholsky wrote a mixture of literary essays, social observations, and political commentary. His irony made the line between his “serious writing” and his “entertainments” almost invisible. The fashionable outsider watched the political “center” disappear, and, in the end, he found himself catapulted out of society altogether. His career was sandwiched between the two most deadly events of his century: the bloodbath of World War I and the scourge of Nazism. Just as the first war launched Hemingway’s lifelong career as a wounded tough guy with a soft spot for guns and broads, Tucholsky discovered the reflexes of an escape artist.
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