Before there was "Bridget Jones" or "Sex and the City" or "Girls" there was "The Artificial Silk Girl," a novel written by Irmgard Keun in 1932.
Weimar-era Berlin, a riot of color and criminality, is brought to life through the eyes of 18-year-old Doris, a woman on the run, desperate to be a star.
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.
This book reflected the spirit of the times in the 1920s, and turned its creator into a best-selling author. A luxury hotel in Berlin took center stage for people searching for luck, as well as those with a death wish.
What is home? Can you find it if you look, or does it always disappear? Erpenbeck's novel raises these questions while telling the tale of a lake house, the people who have lived in it — and 100 years of German history.
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