Publisher: NYRB Poets (November 15, 2016)
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Berlin-Hamlet inspires a walk via one of many phantasmagoric purchasing arcades defined in Walter Benjamin’s Passagen-Werk—but rather than the delirious photograph fragments of nineteenth-century ecu tradition, we move by means of disembodied scraps of written textual content, remnants as ghostly as their authors: essentially Franz Kafka but in addition Benjamin himself or the Hungarian poets Attila József or Ern Szép. Paraphrases and transformed quotations, drawing upon the vanished prewar legacy, relatively its German Jewish points, seem in sharp juxtaposition with pictures of post-1989 Berlin frantically rebuilding itself within the wake of German unification.