Night Falls on the Berlin of the Roaring Twenties

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Robert Nippoldt, Boris Pofalla, Stephan Wuthe

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It was the age of drag balls, Metropolis, and Josephine Baker. Of scientific breakthroughs, literary verve, and the political chaos of the Weimar Republic. After the best-selling Hollywood in the 30s and Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties, illustrator Robert Nippoldt teams up with author Boris Pofalla to evoke the fast-moving, freewheeling metropolis that was Berlin in the 1920s.
Like a cinematographic city tour through time, Berlin of the Roaring Twenties takes in the urban scale and the intricate details of this transformative decade, from sweeping street panoramas, bejeweled with new electric lights, to the foxtrot and tango steps tapped out on dance floors all over town. With characteristic graphic mastery of light, shadow, and expression, as well as a silver-printing sheen, Nippoldt intersperses portraits with cityscapes, revealing the changing scenery and dynamic hubs of this burgeoning and rapidly industrializing capital, as well as the extraordinary protagonists that made up its hotbed scene of art, science, and ideas.
With an avid eye on the eccentrics and outlaws who set the tone in this heady age as much as the established “greats,” Nippoldt includes rich profiles not only of the likes of Lotte Reiniger, Christopher Isherwood, Albert Einstein, Kurt Weill, Marlene Dietrich, and George Grosz, but also of “the woman with ten brains” Thea Alba, “Einstein of Sex” Magnus Hirschfeld, and the city’s notorious criminal Adolf Leib. The book also showcases some of the most prominent cultural and political phenomena of the time, whether the most iconic film characters or the frenzied chaos of the Weimar government cabinet.
But beyond the people and the places, above all the book captures the incomparable and ineffable spirit of time and place, of an epoch suspended between two world wars and a country caught between joie-de-vivre daring and the darkness of encroaching National Socialism. Before the night falls, Nippoldt shows it all to us: the bright lights and the backstage whispers, the looming factories and the theoretical physics, the roar of the sports hall and the hush of the theater, the songs of the Comedian Harmonists, the satire of George Grosz, and the iconic Marlene Dietrich as she lights up a cigarette in top hat, tuxedo, and come-to-bed eyes.
Awards:
German Design Award, 2019, Frankfurt
Best Book Award, 2018, Los Angeles
Berliner Type Award, 2018, Berlin
Red Dot Design Award, 2018, Essen
ADC Award, 2018, Berlin
Joseph Binder Award, 2018, Vienna
ADC Award, 2019, New York
German Design Award, 2019, Frankfurt
Indigo Design Award, 2019, Amsterdam
iF Design Award, 2019, Hannover
A’ Design Award, 2019 Como/Italy
Econ Megaphone Award, Shortlist, 2019, Berlin
International Design Award, 2018, Los Angeles
Berlin Type Award, 2018, Berlin
Red Dot Design Award, 2018, Essen
Best Book Award, 2018, Los Angeles
ADC Award, 2018, Berlin
Joseph Binder Award, 2018, Vienna
International Creative Media Award, 2018, Meerbusch
Stiftung Buchkunst, Shortlist, 2018, Frankfurt

Additional information

Weight 1550 g
Dimensions 24.5 x 37.9 cm
Publisher name TASCHEN
Publication date 3 September 2018
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.5 x 37.9 cm
Weight 1550 g

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