“Jason Lutes spent more than 20 years architecting this historical drama set in the final days of Germany’s Wiemar Republic. Now Drawn and Quarterly has issued the complete story in a handsome hardcover collecting all 24 individual issues, and it’s a major event, revealing the monumentality of Lutes’ ambition and achievement.”
Featured in Forbes’ Best Graphic Novels of 2018.
“Lutes spent two decades carving out his historical-fiction epic about citizens who try to survive after the fall of the Weimar Republic. The towering “Berlin” reads like not just a masterwork but also a life’s work.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best Graphic Novels of 2018.
Berlin Book Three: City of Light is the final edition of the graphic novel trilogy series ‘Berlin’ by Jason Lutes that accounts life in the German capital from 1928 to 1933, at the time of decline of the Weimar Republic. Jason’s other two graphic novels Berlin Book One: City of Stones published in 2000 and Berlin Book Two: City of Smoke published in 2008.
The third and conclusive part of the graphic novel trilogy starts with Hitler arriving in Berlin amid the National Socialist party taking control of the Parliament and the citizens becoming even more divided. Jason particularly focuses on the Brauns, a working-class family impacted by an apathetic political system. Friends and families, lovers and couples, and a majority of the city’s residents go about their day, sharing laughter and rituals, little knowing the huge threat that looms. In the meantime, an artist named Marthe Muller and a journalist named Kurt Severing witness in shock as their society falls into the trap of extremism.
The graphic novel accounts the highly underrated failure of the Weimar Republic and the change of the German capital from one of the most developed and liberal cities in Europe to a hub of repression and evil. Jason’s Berlin Book Three: City of Light is among the most awaited graphic novels of 2018, and the much-anticipated conclusion to his much-loved trilogy. Berlin was listed in the Rolling Stone’s list of “50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels” at the number 48.