Berlin Noir – The pale criminal. Plus – Bookfest
Another detective story with Bernie Gunther – perfect for a plane read. It takes place in Berlin (I know, way to state the obvious 😛 ) in 1938, when Bernie has to return to Kripo to investigate on the serial murder of five German teenagers – all girls, all racially pure – and what follows is a deep dive in behind the scenes conspiracies involving real and made up characters, all aiming towards the eliminations of Jews. The investigation is quite gripping and it leaves Gunther to face off with some of Nazi Germany’s most famous political figures. It’s also a (well researched) look into the everyday lives of Berliners during a time of moral ambiguity and confusion and Bernie, like everyone else, is forced to see the annihilation of a way of life which used to include things such as justice. The only thing he (and most others) is capable of doing is waxing philosophically on the end of the world.
I’m looking forward to vol. III being on sale 😉
Bookfest – not much to say here. The little shopping I did you can see in the picture (yeah, being broke sucks) and the atmosphere was nothing to get me excited. In fact, I remember how much I was into these things when I first moved here – now I’m only going because my friends are. I can find the same deals in bookstores, I can order pretty much anything online and I’m not interested in book launches or local pseudo-celebrities (not talking about the writers here). I don’t read contemporary Romanian literature – I honestly don’t know why; I keep saying I’ll try, but it just doesn’t appeal to me (much like the movies) so I’m starting to think there’s less and less a reason for me to bother going to these things (although, truth be told, I do end up buying stuff I wouldn’t otherwise have looked at, so maybe some good can still come of this 😀 )