By Peter Fritzsche

The good towns on the flip of the century have been mediated by means of words--newspapers, ads, symptoms, and schedules--by which the population lived, dreamed, and imagined their atmosphere. during this unique examine of the vintage textual content of city modernism--the newspaper page--Peter Fritzsche analyzes how analyzing and writing dramatized Imperial Berlin and expected the modernist sensibility that celebrated discontinuity, instability, and transience. it's a sharp-edged tale with cameo appearances via Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin, and Alfred Döblin. This luxurious historical past of a city and its social and literary texts offers a wealthy evocation of a very exuberant and fleeting second in background.

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