- „Berlin Stories – Books of a City“ is a character study of the capital based on the stories that were and are written there. Witnesses are Franz Biberkopf, protagonist of the great Berlin novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, Herr Lehmann from Sven Regener’s West Berlin story of the same name and Paul and Paula, the East Berlin couple from Ulrich Plenzdorf’s “Legende vom Glück ohne Ende”.
What vision of Berlin do these characters convey? Does an image of the city consolidate? Or does Berlin’s literature consist of nothing but chronicles of stages and sensitivities of a city that is “condemned forever to becoming and never being”?
Is there one big contemporary novel that manages to handle today’s Berlin with all its complexity? And can a city that keeps reinventing itself perpetually leave a literary fingerprint by which it can be grasped at all?