Champagne, cocaine, sex, jazz, murder. If you're looking for a romp through Berlin in the Roaring 20s, "Babylon Berlin" by Volker Kutscher is the book for you.
It's the first and darkest book in the crime novel series featuring inspector Gereon Rath. Kutscher paints an atmospheric picture of Berlin in the 1920s, a place filled with illegal dance clubs, cocaine and dead bodies.
The rising interest in the Weimar Republic's hedonist lifestyle and sexual freedom that inspired authors like Christopher Isherwood comes at a time when many see worrying parallelisms in the surge of the far right.
This work can be seen as an elegantly told detective novel, but it is also a portrait of a young woman on a search in the broken city of Berlin during the post-reunification period.
Considered to be German television's most important awards, the 2018 Grimme Prize winners are given to hit TV series "Babylon Berlin" and "Dark," among a record number of winners.
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