Berlin: City of Smoke, Book Two

Category: Book
By (author): Lutes, Jason
Series: Berlin
Subject:  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / General
  WEIRD / Graphic Novels
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Published: August 2008
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 9.96in x 7.55in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*Berlin amounts to a rare drawn document of a vastly confusing time, presenting a panorama of visual information complemented with well-conceived dialogue. (Print Magazine) "A complex story line that promises to get even better with the subsequent installments. Think of it as a graphic-novel equivalent of a foreign film-slow perhaps, but well acted and beautiful." (Washington Post) "[Berlin] will be the longest, most sophisticated work of historical fiction in the medium. Lutes has a natural, clean, European drawing style, much like Herge's Tintin...this book has the density of the best novels." (Time) The second volume of Jason Lutes's historical epic finds the people of Weimar Berlin searching for answers after the lethal May Day demonstration of 1929. Tension builds along with the dividing wall between communists and nationalists, Jews and gentiles, as the dawn of the Second World War draws closer. Meanwhile, the nightlife of Berlin heats up as many attempt to distract themselves from the political upheavals within the city. The American Jazz band Cocoa Kids arrives and quickly becomes a fixture. The lives of the characters within Lutes's epic weave together to create a seamless portrait of this transitory city. Marthe Muller follows lover Kurt Severing as he interviews participants in the May Day demonstration, but moonlights in the city's lesbian nightlife. Severing acts as a window through which the political shifts within the city and its participants can be seen. As with Berlin Book One: City of Stones, Lutes creates a sense of anxiety, of the doom to come.
Biographical NoteBorn in 1967, Jason Lutes is an American cartoonist whose work includes the ongoing Berlin trilogy, and the graphic novel Jar of Fools. Jason lives with his partner and daughter in rural Vermont, where he teaches at the Center for Cartoon Studies.