Große Hamburger Straße
200pp (41,000 words)
Große Hamburger Straße is located in the centre of old Berlin. Virtually nothing is left of this old centre, because over the decades the buildings were continually altered, displaced, torn down and finally bombed, but each time rebuilt anew.
Große Hamburger Straße is a short street. It doesn’t take long to walk down it. Yet it’s easy to linger, struck by its buildings, its history, the stories and secrets of its former and current inhabitants.
What would it be like to travel back in time, wandering into the street’s past yet knowing what one knows today? Irina Liebmann walks down memory lane, weaving stories, buildings and eras into an almost dream-like portrait of a vanished Berlin.
A mysterious, atmospheric book full of love and farewells, about the vitality of the past and the transience of the present.
»There is a magic about language that carries the reader or listener along with the rhythm of the story, creating a kind of understanding that the intellect can only later corroborate. Irina Liebmann possesses exactly this linguistic magic.«
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»Irina Liebmann’s prose is powerful and direct.«