Cover image for Berlin. Book three, City of light / a work of fiction by Jason Lutes.
Berlin. Book three, City of light / a work of fiction by Jason Lutes.
Title Variants:

City of light
First edition.
Publication Information:
United States : Drawn & Quarterly, 2018.
Physical Description:
149 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Berlin: City of Light was originally serialized in the comic book Berlin, in issues 17 through 22, published by Drawn & Quarterly."--Colophon.
"In the third and final act of Jason Lutes's Berlin, he brilliantly demonstrates how the rise of fascism changes the city, radically transforming the intertwining lives of a small group of Berliners. The Braun family splinters between left and right, embodying a divided populace. Journalist Kurt Severing and artist Marthe Müller watch in horror as their society begins a dizzying descent into extremism. Most of Berlin's citizen, however, go about their day with little awareness of the larger looming threat to their existence. A story twenty years in the making of a time and place from 75 year ago, Berlin: City of Lights is a stirring reminder that history often repeats itself." --Page [4] of cover.


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The conclusion to a masterful graphic novel trilogy that follows Berlin citizens as Nazism rises The third and final act of Jason Lutes's historical fiction about the Weimar Republic begins with Hitler arriving in Berlin. With the National Socialist party now controlling Parliament, the citizenry becomes even more divided. Lutes steps back from the larger political upheaval, using the intertwining lives of a small group of Germans to zero in on the rise of fascism and how swiftly it can replace democracy. The idle rich, the naïve bourgeoisie, and the struggling lower classes: all seek meaning in the warring political factions dividing their nation. He especially focuses on the Brauns-a working-class family torn apart by a political system that doesn't care about them. Lovers couple and uncouple; families and friends share rituals and laughter; most of Berlin's citizens go about their day with little sense of the larger threat to their existence. Meanwhile, the journalist Kurt Severing and the artist Marthe Muller watch in horror as their society begins a dizzying descent into extremism. Lutes' Berlin Book Three: City of Light is one of the most anticipated graphic novels of 2018, and the long-awaited conclusion to his beloved trilogy.

Author Notes

Jason Lutes was born in New Jersey in 1967 and grew up reading American superhero and Western comics. In the late 1970s he discovered Heavy Metal magazine and the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, both of which proved major influences on his creative development. Lutes graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration, and in 1993 he began drawing a weekly comics page called Jar of Fools for Seattle's The Stranger. Lutes lives in Vermont with his partner and two children, where he teaches comics at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The concluding volume of Lutes's panoramic trilogy about between-the-wars Berlin opens with an answer to the last line of book two, City of Smoke: "What is the fate of the Weimar Republic?" National Socialists having won the election, Hitler is on a train racing toward the capitol, plotting his consolidation of power and by extension the destruction of the city's messy and lively liberalism. Pulled back, architectural portraits shift to detailed close-ups of the life of the city, along with the further dissolution of relationships established in prior books: the Braun family divides between pro-communist mother and daughter and Nazi-allied father and son, while elsewhere in the embattled city disillusioned writer Kurt and would-be artist Marthe both look ready to give up altogether. The saga's multiple story lines give the narrative a disjointed feeling, mirroring the political and social situation of the time, as disparate characters careen like the nation and the world toward similarly dark ends. Lutes's sharp, noir-influenced art snaps the sometimes murky narrative into dramatic relief, highlighting the tragedy to come. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.