By Peter Schneider, Sophie Schlondorff
It isn’t Europe’s so much beautiful city, or its oldest. Its structure isn't really extra awesome than that of Rome or Paris; its museums don't carry extra treasures than those in Barcelona or London. And but, whilst electorate of “New York, Tel Aviv, or Rome question me the place I’m from and that i point out the identify Berlin,” writes Peter Schneider, “their eyes immediately mild up.”
Berlin Now is an established Berliner’s vivid, daring, and digressive exploration of the heterogeneous attract of this vivid urban. Delving underneath the most obvious answers—Berlin’s membership scene, reinforced by means of the shortcoming of a compulsory ultimate time; the inventive communities that thrive end result of the rather low (for now) fee of living—Schneider takes us on an insider’s travel of this swiftly metamorphosing city, the place high-class soirees are held at development websites and enterprising contributors frequently accomplish extra with no public funding—assembling a makeshift membership at the banks of the Spree River—than Berlin’s officers do.
Schneider’s perceptive, witty investigations on every thing from the insidious legacy of suspicion instilled through the East German mystery police to the clashing attitudes towards paintings, nutrition, and love held via former East and West Berliners were sharply translated by way of Sophie Schlondorff. the result's a booklet so energetic that readers probably want to bounce on a plane—just once they’ve accomplished their adventures at the page.
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The film captured the baffling behavior of deer on the Bavarian–Czech border. It showed how, in the 1990s, stags and deer continued to stop and turn around instinctively when they reached the border, even though it had long since been cleared of barbed wire. The strangest thing, according to the film’s narrator, was that even young animals that had never encountered this fence displayed the same behavior as their parents. He wondered whether such learned reflexes are passed on from one generation to the next.
50 deutsche marks per square meter, the rent was a dream. And while she may have needed a car to pick up day-to-day essentials, the Berlin Philharmonic, Martin-Gropius-Bau, and New National Gallery were all within walking distance. As far as the view from the apartment was concerned, even on the third floor she could feel like she was on the fortieth floor of a Manhattan skyscraper. Her curved bay windows offered a unique view of both Berlin half-cities. The building’s other occupants weren’t exactly the sort of tenants the Tiergarten district office had hoped for.
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