Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Review: Berlin: City of Stones: Book One
Berlin: City of Stones: Book One (Part 1)
Drawn and Quarterly (2000), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 209 pages
Berlin: City of Stones, according to the magazine Time, is one of the best graphic novel ever written.
Berlin: City of Stones by Jason Lutes is supposed to be a graphic novel series describing life in Berlin between WWI and WWII. The main characters of book one are an art student (Marthe Mueller) and a journalist (Kurt Severing), a second story line tells about a family who decides to follow the main political streams: mother and daughter join the communist party, while father and son join the Nazis.
In Germany, following World War First, a new government called Weimar Republic is established ; this new parliamentary republic has to face many problems: economic, extremism on the left and right political parties. Weimar Republic ends with the beginning of Hitler’s Third Reich.
Back to Berlin: City of Stones, the drawings of this graphic novel are very impressive, black and white shows and tells brilliantly the History of these years.
A last thought / question: Is Kurt Severing the double of Walter Benjamin (without mustache)?