Reading Berlin, 1900
The great cities at the turn of the century were mediated by words - newspapers, advertisements, signs, and schedules - by which the inhabitants lived, dreamed and imagined their surroundings. In this study of the classic text of urban modernism - the newspaper page - Peter Fritzsche analyzes how reading and writing dramatized Imperial Berlin and anticipated the modernist sensibility that celebrated discontinuity, instability and transience. The history of the metropolis and its social and literary texts provides a rich evocation of a particularly exhuberant, particularly fleeting moment in history.
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