Original Title: Berlin 1936
Hardcover with jacket,
13.5 x 21.5 cm,
5.3 x 8.5 in.
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 26.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price
Publishing House: Siedler
Date of publication:
May 2, 2016
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A fascinating portrait of Berlin during its infamous Olympics
In summer 1936 the Olympic Games hold Berlin completely in their sway. Tens of thousands of people surge through the German capital city, which the National Socialists are keen to present to the world in these sixteen days as a cosmopolitan metropolis. Oliver Hilmes follows in the tracks of famous and completely unknown people, guests from Germany and abroad, through the feverishly shimmering time of the summer games. He skilfully links the events of these days to create a panorama of a dictatorship in suspension.
In Berlin 1936 Oliver Hilmes writes precisely, atmospherically densely and enthrallingly of sportsmen and women, of artists, diplomats and NS grandees, transvestites and prostitutes, restaurant owners and night owls, Berliners and tourists. His stories are fascinating and unsettling, surprising and moving. They are stories of victims and perpetrators, followers and spectators. It is the story of an exceptional summer.
For readers of Florian Illies' 1913 and Volker Weidermann's Ostend.
"Highly informative and engrossing. [..] The special thing about Berlin 1936 is the narrative voice Oliver Hilmes uses to portray this time without sacrificing historical accuracy."
Kleine Zeitung (A)
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