GRAPHIC NOVELS

Berlin

Drawn & Quarterly. Sept. 2018. 580p. ISBN 9781770463264. $49.95. F
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OrangeReviewStarLutes's (Jar of Fools) magnum opus stands as a masterpiece on par with any work of literature in any genre, since he began the project more than two decades ago. Opening in 1928 and continuing into the early 1930s, the story tracks art students, jaded journalists, revolutionaries, politicians, beggars, the idle rich, prostitutes, an American jazz group navigating the nightclub scene, and more, as the liberal stronghold of the Weimar Republic gives way to extremism and fascism. More than mere lenses through which to view historic events, each of the characters is wonderfully developed and authentic. Meticulously researched and told with real compassion for how a society might fall under the control of a hateful regime, this is history as seen from the streets, through attic windows and salons, and the back of the crowd during a riot.
VERDICT An extraordinary epic that will leave readers both heartbroken and in awe of the virtuosic talent that went into its creation. [See the interview with Lutes on p. 61].

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