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W&N History HB February £25.00 400pp 24 b&w images; 1 map 978 0 297 86882 8 eBook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 86883 5

RORY MACLEAN Berlin: Imagine a City

A bold, imaginative history of one of the world’s greatest cities. The German capital resonates with the echo of lives lived, dreams realised and evils executed. The fount of both the brightest and darkest designs of history’s bloodiest century, the most arrogant capital of Europe devastated by bombs, divided by a Wall, then reunited and reborn as one of the creative centres of the world. Through a series of intimate portraits of some of its key residents over five centuries, from Frederick the Great to Goebbels to David Bowie, Rory MacLean weaves together a rich, interconnected, energetic history of this volatile city. Rory MacLean has known three Berlins: West Berlin, where he made movies with David Bowie and Marlene Dietrich; East Berlin, where he researched his first bestseller Stalin’s Nose; and the unified capital where he lives and works today. He is the author of eight highly acclaimed books. He has won awards from the Canada Council and the Arts Council of England, as well as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, and was nominated for the international IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize.


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Non-Fiction • February 2014