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Walking in Berlin : a flaneur in the capital / Franz Hessel ; with an essay by Walter Benjamin ; translated by Amanda DeMarco.

Book Book ([2017])
Description: xix, 284 pages ; 21 cm
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2017]
1 of 1 copy available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction DD 879 .H4713 2017 (Text to Phone) Available -

  • ISBN: 9780262036351
  • ISBN: 0262036355
Bibliography, etc.: Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Translator's Foreword -- The Flaneur's Return / by Walter Benjamin -- The Suspect -- I Learn a Thing or Two -- A Bit of Work -- Fashion -- Lust for Life -- A Tour -- The Animal Palaces -- Berlin's Boulevard -- The Old West -- Tiergarten -- The Landwehr Canal -- Kreuzberg -- Tempelhof -- Hasenheide -- Through Neukölln Toward Britz -- Steamship Music -- To the East -- The North -- The Northwest -- Friedrichstadt -- Dönhoffplatz -- The Newspaper District -- The Southwest -- Afterword.
Summary: "Franz Hessel was an observer par excellence of the increasingly hectic metropolis that was Berlin in the late 1920s. In Walking in Berlin, originally published in Germany in 1929, he captures the rhythm of Weimar-era Berlin, recording evidence of the seismic shifts shaking German culture at the time. Nearly all of the pieces take the form of a walk or outing, focusing either on a theme or part of the city, and many end at a theatre, cinema, or club. Hessel effortlessly weaves historical information into his observations, displaying his extensive knowledge of the city. Today, many years after the Nazi era and the postwar reconstruction that followed, the areas he visited are all still prominent and interesting. From the Alexanderplatz to Kreuzberg, his record of them has become priceless. Superbly written, and as fresh today as when it first appeared, this is a book to be savoured"--
Authors: Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940 (contributor.). DeMarco, Amanda, (translator.).
Citation: Hessel, Franz. "Walking in Berlin : a flaneur in the capital." Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2017.
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