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Babylon Berlin


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It's a detective / political intrigue story beginning in 1929 Berlin. Anyone else watching on Netflix, or reading / have read the novels?  I watch an episode late at night now and then, which is probably not wise, as it's a bit dark and disturbing sometimes. It's not a bedtime story, but that's when I have time, and now I'm hooked. From a few reviews, my impression is that the author of the novels is a stickler for historical accuracy; the TV series makers, not so much (big surprise, huh?). Cinematically, I think it's excellent. No spoilers, please, I'm just curious if you're enjoying the novel or series, if it feels as authentic to you as it does to me. If you're not familiar with the story, caution: definitely R rated.

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I did read every book out of this series (except the very last one).

The books give a phantastic picture of the situation and the atmosphere of Berln at the late 20ies and early 30ies; there is this disturbing antagonism between the glamorous party life of the upper class on the one side the large number of working poors and the extreme poorness on the other side; and there are those ongoing political fights between the far left and far right movements which represent a permanent thread to the relatively young democracy which is by far not as stable in it's existence as it is today.... 

The detective stories in each book are also quite Ok and interesting to follow (with some surprises), they include also interesting characters (esp. the main figure Gereon Rath) but the real reason why I am such a fan of these books is the setting in Berlin in exact this historical background... 

:)

About the TV series I did read some articles so far, but as I am no pay tv user (no netflix, amazon prime, etc.) I will have to wait until end of this year when it comes to free TV. What I did read so far is, that basically they follow the story of the first book but used the format to sharpen or even oversubscribe some of the main characters......

Anyhow: I am looking forward to see it   ;)

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... the real reason why I am such a fan of these books is the setting in Berlin in exact this historical background... 

:)

 

Yes, it was the time and place that drew me to the story. While the "when" and "how" are not in much dispute, the "why" is always open to discussion; and, so far, this story has been a thoughtful and entertaining way to consider some ideas about that.

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