Top 10 Fiction Books Set in Berlin

 

Germany’s capital Berlin is the fifth most populous European city. It is a world city of culture, politics, media and science with its economy based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporation and convention venues. Modern Berlin is also home to world-renowned universities, orchestras, museums and entertainment venues and is host to many sporting events.

The beautiful streets and buildings of the city have made it a sought-after location for international film productions. The city is also well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts and a high quality of living. Since the 2000s Berlin has seen the emergence of a cosmopolitan entrepreneurial scene.

 

Goodbye to Berlin

It is a compelling fictionalised autobiography defines the wild and wicked Berlin between the war and Hitler’s rise to power.

Read it For:
The book sums up the journey of Berlin from the world wars to Hitler’s rise to power.
Don't Read it For:
You might have to consult Google to know more about the historical references.
What makes this book stand out?:
The story of Berlin is told in an exemplary manner.

Alone in Berlin

The story is set in 1940, when amidst Hitler’s campaign of resistance; Otto and Anna Quangel find themselves alone in the city

Read it For:
The fear of the characters is expressed very descriptively.
Don't Read it For:
Some of the scenes might move you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is very beautiful woven around the whole event.

Book of Clouds

The story is of a Mexican, who arrives in Berlin but has the habits of switching jobs. One of the jobs she does ask for her to type for a reclusive old German historian.

Read it For:
The book unfolds in a dream-like sequence.
Don't Read it For:
You might be tempted to finish the book in one sitting.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way in which the story of Berlin around Tatiana’s life.

The Innocent

the novel is set between 1955 and 1956; it is about the life of an American spy who falls in love with a German woman.

Read it For:
The book is a full package of romance and thrill.
Don't Read it For:
This may not suit the taste of readers who do not like love stories
What makes this book stand out?:
The call of duty or love, who does the protagonist choose?
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Pleasured

The novel s about three people who fate brings together, and they find themselves stranded in a car in New Berlin on New Year ’s Eve.

Read it For:
The unfolding of the lives of these three who are stranded in the car.
Don't Read it For:
Flashbacks might be too much for few.
What makes this book stand out?:
The twists that come with the turn of events are really thrilling.

Berlin Noir series

Phillip Kerr gives you not one or two but a series of three books, “March Violets”, “The Pale Criminal” and “A German Requim”. This series tells us about the old Berlin he used to love and how his old lover has now changed and is no dearer to him.

Read it For:
The books are very descriptive of how the culture of Berlin changed over a passage of time.
Don't Read it For:
Those looking for a quick read might be disappointed because the books would require your attention.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book series presents before us a contrast of the Old Berlin and the New Berlin in the same pages.

Berlin Alexanderplatz

The central character of the book is Franz Biberkopf, who falls back into the underworld having just been released from the prison. The novel traces his misfortunes as he faces the consequences of his choice.

Read it For:
The book is beautifully written
Don't Read it For:
The book is complex because it speaks from multiple points of views and conjuring the chaos.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a classic and has been compared to Joyce’s Ulysses.

The Gift

the book is set in mid-1920s Berlin, it follows the life of a writer whose family have fled the Russian revolution. The text portrays his love affair with Zina Mertz and his literary meetings among the progressive population.

Read it For:
the novel can be read in fiction as well as a meta-fiction manner.
Don't Read it For:
The translation kills the vibe of the novel.
What makes this book stand out?:
This was Nabokov’s final novel in his native language.

Stasiland: Stories from behind the Berlin Wall

The book is a wide-ranging narrative talking about the parts of the population who attempted to resist the Stasi rule, which was with Stasi rule and the impact it had on both of their lives. The book also reveals on how the rulers finally came to terms on living in the same streets like the ones they ruled.

Read it For:
The book is inspired by Anna’s personal experiences and what she witnessed herself.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a bit political in nature and might not go down well with all
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a winner of Baillie Gifford Prize.

Slumberland

The protagonist of the book is Ferguson W Sowell who is on the look of a jazz musician who went to ground in East Germany. He traces him in a bar named Slumberland, and from then we come to the main theme of the book that is racial stereotyping

Read it For:
It is a witty and wonderful novel that will stay with you even after you finish it
Don't Read it For:
Slumberland is satirical with occasional absurdist moments, which might not sit well with few readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book will make you fall in love with Berlin.

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