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20081117Writing by five different authors about the city of Berlin, which throughout its turbulent modern history has remained a centre of culture and a magnet for writers.

1/5. Berlin Diary (Winter 1932-33)

By Christopher Isherwood. Chronicling the way in which Isherwood's friends reconcile themselves to the approach of Nazi rule.

20081118Writing by five different authors about the city of Berlin, which throughout its turbulent modern history has remained a centre of culture and a magnet for writers.

2/5. Camera Obscura

By Judith Hermann. The beautiful Marie begins a relationship with an ugly Berlin artist. What does she want and is she really in control?

20081119Writing by five different authors about the city of Berlin, which throughout its turbulent modern history has remained a centre of culture and a magnet for writers.

3/5. Funeral in Berlin

By Len Deighton. A top-ranking officer in Red Army security offers to sell a Russian scientist to the West. The unnamed hero travels to East Berlin with a black marketeer and double agent Johnnie Vulkan.

20081120Writing by five different authors about the city of Berlin, which throughout its turbulent modern history has remained a centre of culture and a magnet for writers.

4/5. The Wall

By Anna Funder. In this extract from Stasiland, Anna returns to Berlin for the first time in three years and is taken on a tour of the city by a former Stasi officer she once interviewed.

20081121Writing by five different authors about the city of Berlin, which throughout its turbulent modern history has remained a centre of culture and a magnet for writers.

5/5. The Mural at Frau Krauser's

By James Hopkin. The narrator stares at the green mural at Frau Krauser's, a seedy tavern under a iron railway bridge in Berlin. He knows he should leave, but one beer leads to another.