Berlin

By Heinrich Mann

Dramatised in two parts by Patricia Hannah.

First published in 1900 and originally titled 'In the Land of Cockaigne', Mann's novel is about the rise and fall of Andrew Zumsee, an innocent but self-confident young poet from the provinces, as he attempts to make a name for himself in Berlin society.

The older brother of Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann is probably best-remembered today as the author of the book which inspired the film, 'The Blue Angel'.

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20081117

Writing 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.

20081118

Writing 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?

20081119

Writing 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.

20081120

Writing 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.

20081121

Writing 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.

0120040815

By Heinrich Mann

Dramatised in two parts by Patricia Hannah.

First published in 1900 and originally titled 'In the Land of Cockaigne', Mann's novel is about the rise and fall of Andrew Zumsee, an innocent but self-confident young poet from the provinces, as he attempts to make a name for himself in Berlin society.

The older brother of Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann is probably best-remembered today as the author of the book which inspired the film, 'The Blue Angel'."Berlins's the place for someone like me - where everybody is somebody or knows somebody who's somebody.

I need only sit here, make myself agreeable, and by the end of the summer everybody in the Café Hurrah will be shouting 'Hurrah!' for me..."

  • adelheid türkheimer....Joanna Tope
  • adelheid turkheimer....Joanna Tope
  • andrew zumsee....John Kielty
  • asta türkheimer....lucy paterson
  • asta turkheimer....lucy paterson
  • diederich klempner....gregor powrie
  • doctor bedeiner....ralph riach
  • friederich kopf....Simon Donaldson
  • heinrich mann....james bryce
  • karl kaflisch....simon tait
  • lizzi laffé....vivienne dixon
  • louis türkheimer....john shedden
  • louis turkheime....john shedden
  • directed by.... - david jackson young

  • 0120040815

    By Heinrich Mann

    Dramatised in two parts by Patricia Hannah.

    First published in 1900 and originally titled 'In the Land of Cockaigne', Mann's novel is about the rise and fall of Andrew Zumsee, an innocent but self-confident young poet from the provinces, as he attempts to make a name for himself in Berlin society.

    The older brother of Thomas Mann, Heinrich Mann is probably best-remembered today as the author of the book which inspired the film, 'The Blue Angel'."Berlins's the place for someone like me - where everybody is somebody or knows somebody who's somebody.

    I need only sit here, make myself agreeable, and by the end of the summer everybody in the Café Hurrah will be shouting 'Hurrah!' for me..."

  • adelheid türkheimer....Joanna Tope
  • adelheid turkheimer....Joanna Tope
  • andrew zumsee....John Kielty
  • asta türkheimer....lucy paterson
  • asta turkheimer....lucy paterson
  • diederich klempner....gregor powrie
  • doctor bedeiner....ralph riach
  • friederich kopf....Simon Donaldson
  • heinrich mann....james bryce
  • karl kaflisch....simon tait
  • lizzi laffé....vivienne dixon
  • louis türkheimer....john shedden
  • louis turkheime....john shedden
  • directed by.... - david jackson young

  • 02 LAST20040822

    With the wealthy Türkheimers as his patrons - and Adelheid Türkheimer as his lover - a glittering artistic career looks assured.

    "You either belong or you don't belong, Zumsee.

    And if you belong, you 'partake' - of Türkheimer's fabulous wealth.

    In the Land of Cockaigne everyone's always happy...".

    02 LAST20040822

    With the wealthy Türkheimers as his patrons - and Adelheid Türkheimer as his lover - a glittering artistic career looks assured.

    "You either belong or you don't belong, Zumsee.

    And if you belong, you 'partake' - of Türkheimer's fabulous wealth.

    In the Land of Cockaigne everyone's always happy...".