Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

indexGerman has a word for someone who exhibits this sort of behavior: Arschloch.

Mea culpa, I plead guilty to the symptoms of this malaise more than once in my life, but the one instance that sticks out most in memory is in the spring of 1969 on a trip to Berlin.

As in East Germany. Yes, that East Germany: Checkpoint Charlie, spies in trench coats and fedoras, the Wall, building facades pockmarked with artillery damage a quarter century after the end of World War II. After the Abu Ghraib photos and the NSA disclosures, the Cold War seems an almost romantic place. Nothing romantic about it, however, if you were on ground zero at the time.

Berlin was ground zero for the Cold War.

It was not a smart time for me to display my Arschloch side. (more…)

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web2The author of the popular Bernhard “Bernie” Gunther series, Philip Kerr has also written stand-alone bestsellers and, writing as P.B. Kerr, he also publishes an immensely popular fantasy series for young readers. (more…)

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Today’s guest needs little introduction to the legion of fans he has around the world. The author of the popular Berlin-based Bernhard Gunther series, Philip Kerr has also written stand-alone bestsellers, including A Philosophical Investigation, Dead Meat, The Grid, Esau, A Five-Year Plan, The Second Angel, The Shot, Dark Matter, and Hitler’s Peace. Critics often refer to Kerr as a thinking-person’s thriller writer; writing as P.B. Kerr he also publishes an immensely popular fantasy series for young readers, “The Children of the Lamp.”

Today, however, we will focus on Kerr’s Gunther novels, most of which are set in Berlin shortly before, during, and after World War II. Bernie Gunther is an ex-police officer turned private investigator. The first three in the series, March Violets, The Pale Criminal, and A German Requiem, were published between 1989 and 1991, and later gathered in the omnibus volume, Berlin Noir. Kerr busied himself with other novels for fifteen years before returning to the Bernie Gunther books in 2006 with The One from the Other, followed by A Quiet Flame, and If the Dead Rise Not (scheduled for U.S. publication in March). Typical of the critical praise the series has garnered is a Publishers Weekly notice commenting that Kerr smoothly integrates a noir crime plot with an authentic historical background.”

Philip, it is a great pleasure to have you with us on Scene of the Crime to discuss your Berlin novels. (more…)

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