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Ghosts of Berlin

Stories

Emma Rault

In Rudolph Herzog’s macabre and madcap vision of Berlin, bleeding walls are terrifying, as are overpriced artisanal burgers. Set in hipster Kreuzberg, chic airport lounges, and the former border between East and West Germany, the denizens of Herzog’s Berlin are demon conjuring tech bros, acid-tripping artists, and forsaken migrants, each encountering the ghosts of the city’s complicated past.

Rudolph Herzog (b.1973) is an award-winning writer and director. His BBC/ARD documentary on humor in Hitler’s Third Reich became the basis of Dead Funny, named a book of the year by The Atlantic. His second book, the critically acclaimed Short History of Nuclear Folly, was later made into a documentary that streamed on Netflix. He is the son of acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog.

Translated from German by Emma Rault.

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