Leaving Berlin

Leaving Berlin

Large Print - 2015
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Targeted by McCarthyism for his prewar politics, a young Jewish writer who fled the Nazis to America makes a desperate bargain with a fledgling CIA to work as a spy in a decimated Berlin.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410475077
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: large print
563 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Oct 18, 2017

The setting is Berlin immediately following World War 2: the bombing, the concentration camps, and the crimes of the Soviet occupation are all in very recent memory. Kanon gives us Berlin of the Great Game - the great game of spies, the "game of mirrors," the kind of environment which helped to shape Graham Greene and John Le Carre. Enter Alex Meier, a Jewish escapee, sometime Communist, and reluctant recruit to the fledgling CIA. Kanon takes us on a tense journey through the shifting allegiances and the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Berlin Airlift, with great pacing and deep humanity.
The scene at the opening night of Brecht's "Mother Courage" is worthy of Orson Welles, and proceeds into a chain lightning set of climactic revelations.

Jul 20, 2016

A Jewish intellectual novelist who barely escaped the Nazis returns to a divided post-war Berlin and instantly turns into a running-and-gunning double agent. Entertaining and implausible, though at least there were no scenes of Bertolt Brecht, a supporting character, leaping from airplanes. If it's nuance you want, try Alan Furst.

muddy8769 Apr 06, 2016

This novel pulls you into the story even though it was a little boring to start. It is a good accounting of life after war and the treatment of the individual based upon their political leanings. It reminds us of why America the Great must always be worked on. War is devastating and we must try hard to avoid any destructions of anyone's homeland.

Feb 16, 2016

Kanon is the master of post war genre a time of suspense, intrigue and love. He captures the danger and excitement of rebuilding a shattered country and lives.

Feb 10, 2016

A suspenseful and interesting spy novel that will appeal most to readers familiar with Berlin and with the politics of the era.

Jan 04, 2016

wsj nolan best 2015
best 2015
I may have read

JunkMailYuck Jun 27, 2015

Intriguing story line and excellent description of Berlin at the time. Maybe some of my enjoyment was partly because I visited Berlin in the late 1990's and have memories to go along with the author's descriptions. I recommend the audio version so one can "see" with eyes closed. Reader was easy to listen to.

Jun 26, 2015

I could not make heads/tails of this read into the 2nd chapter I gave up. Glad to return it.


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