A complete collection of Tucholsky’s news stories, features, satirical pieces, and poems about his hometown Berlin, from the "man with the acid pen and the perfect pitch for hypocrisy,” as New York author Peter Wortsman writes. It depicts Weimar Berlin, its cabarets, its policies, its follies, its ticks, and its celebrities, such as Pola Negri, Bert Brecht, Max Reinhardt, or Heinrich Zille. The book contains some of Tucholsky’s most famous pieces, among them Berlin! Berlin!, a feature of the stereotypical Berliner on the phone, on vacation or doing “bizness”, more than one satirical biography of the author himself, and some of his most famed stories such as where the holes in the cheese come from, or about the lion who escaped the zoo. Herr Wendriner, the chatty Berlin businessman makes an appearance, as well as Lottchen, the flapper, modelled after one of Tucholsky’s real-life gilrfriends. With a foreword by New York author Anne Nelson and an introduction by Ian King, the chair of the Kurt-Tucholsky-Society.
In reading "Berlin! Berlin!", that place and time in history becomes something universal. Berlin is today and now. . . . the complacent mainstream media, the absurdity of war, the disappearance of the middle class . . . Ambrose Bierce, H.L. Mencken and Mark Twain are the names for writers on a level with Tucholsky.
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Softcover: 5.5’’ x 8.5’’
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In Weimar Germany, Tucholsky was big, the most brilliant, prolific and witty cultural journalist of his time.
was a brilliant satirist, poet, storyteller, lyricist, pacifist, and Democrat; one of the most famous journalists in Weimar Germany, and an early warner against the Nazis. Erich Kaestner called him a "small, fat Berliner," who "wanted to stop a catastrophe with his typewriter". His books were burned and banned by the Nazis, who drove him out of his country. But he is not forgotten.