Berlin! Berlin! is a satirical selection from the man with the acid pen and the perfect pitch for hypocrisy, who was as much the voice of 1920s Berlin as Georg Grosz was its face. It shines a light on the Weimar Republic and the post-World War I struggle, which fore¬shadowed the Third Reich. 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 his country. He was a "small, fat Berliner," who "wanted to stop a catastrophe with his typewriter," wrote his contemporary, Erich Kästner. When he began to write, he had five voices-in the end, he had none. He was one of the most famous journalists in Weimar Germany, surrounded by women, but he died alone in Sweden, an enemy of the state, among the first authors whose books were burned and banned by the Nazis in 1933. But he is not forgotten. This book collects Tucholsky's news stories, features, satirical pieces, and poems about his home town Berlin, never published in America before. With a foreword by New York author Anne Nelson and an introduction by Ian King, the chair of the Kurt-Tucholsky-Society.
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I was very excited to find out that Kurt Tucholsky is publishing the USA, and in English. Finally! Tucholsky was one of the most famed writers of the Weimar Republic, he deserves to be up there with Bert Brecht, Joseph Roth, and Thomas Mann, although he is much more left-wing that the latter. It is also astonishing to read how living in Berlin in the post WWI times is not so different than New York life today; a bit different of course. In these times, people got distracted by phones, not by cellphones, but the art of business-making, especially in show-biz, seems to be quite similar. Also, the warnings of war and militarism feel fresh. The book also contains some classics, like, how come cheese has holes, or a story about Lottchen, Tucholsky’s lover, You could really picture her living today, she would be on Facebook. All in all, a well-rounded, interesting book, and a real funny read!