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Book

Inspired by two dystopian Science Fiction novels of the last century, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932, and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, published in 1949, Berliner looks at life in Berlin through the eyes of an optimist, anticipating the collapse of communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall, in the 1980s, and from the point of view of a pessimist a decade later, after German Reunification. The optimist believes he will in the Future, with a capital letter F, transcend his opera professors in Vienna and become a rich and famous rock star, mainly by virtue of playing a widow’s baby grand. His friend, the pessimist, directs postmodern plays and is an English teacher, living together with an expat girlfriend. Unfortunately, we never hear from the optimist again. He changed his name.

”You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford’s: History is bunk.” Mustapha Mond (speaker), Brave New World.

The book closes with a performance of one-act “Greek” plays in which the characters, Helen and Moses, are agents of the literary variety.

Berliner weighs in at 50,000 words, mixed narrative and dramatic dialog, prose fiction consisting to about 30% of drama.

Genre

Historical romance meets the future.

Description

The book is two novellas wrapped up in a single book – set in Berlin before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, interspersed with stage plays by Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.

Print-on-demand Paperback

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E-Book

Epub 2 standard, reflowable format, internal cross-linking (footnotes), E Ink compatible, scalable images.

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9 Comments

  1. Philip Marlowe
    Posted September 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Someone please point me to an online bookstore that sells mystery ebooks.

  2. Spenser
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Murder One Bookshop in Charing Cross Road, London closed its doors for the final time at the end of Janaury 2009.

    They sell books online, no ebooks, last time I looked.

  3. Sondage
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    My partner and I absolutely love your counter-clock clock.

    Do you still accept work like that?

    I wouldn’t mind a counter-clock clock hanging in my office.

    Again, awesome!

  4. Posted May 9, 2014 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    Hi Sondage,
    Thank you for your kind readerly critique.

    Again, awesome!

    Cool, we aim to please. :)

    Do you still accept work like that?

    I wouldn’t mind accepting work that pays.

    I can offer to link to it.

    Counter-clock Clock.

    Last edited October 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm
  5. minecraft
    Posted September 22, 2018 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for witchcraft.

  6. Heather
    Posted May 3, 2019 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    description of connective tissue 2019

  7. Tom
    Posted May 3, 2019 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Connective tissue. (?) Characters act, connecting the tissue.

    Amazon’s print-on-demand book contains two additional chapters in dialogic form that I have not yet added to the ebook.

  8. Brandy
    Posted October 26, 2019 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    The Marlowe is a 1200 seat theatre which underwent major redevelopment in 2008. Shows includes plays, major West End musicals, ballet, dance, opera, stand-up, orchestral concerts, music gigs and pantomine, which are from both one-off, and regular visiting companies.

  9. Tom
    Posted April 5, 2020 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Good to know, Brandy.

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