Another winner from Berlin: Book of the Week

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Last week I saw the surprise German Oscar® winner The Lives of Others, which was easily the most riveting film I’ve seen in years, and it reminded me that even in the dead of night – make that especially in the dead of night – Berlin is utterly bewitching. Today I got another vivid reminder with a glimpse at Berlin, Joseph Lubushkin’s new photography book from Blurb.

Like a noir novel character, by day Berlin keeps a low, industrious profile, but at night it’s another scene entirely. Other cities close up shop around midnight, but at 3 a.m. Berliners are strolling the streets like it’s afternoon. Cobblestones illuminated by a lone streetlight, backlit tailor shop window displays that have hardly changed since the Wall came down, and dark Bohemian bars where the house drink is a double vodka: Berlin captures the city’s after-hours intrigue in eerie, expressionist black and white.

Joseph shows what goes on after reasonable people have called it a night, with moody, glowing nocturnes that remind me of another memorable movie shot in Berlin: Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire. Hard to believe this Book of the Week is Joseph’s first book. Congratulations on your sleeper hit … or would that be a sleepless hit? Judging from your Web site, we’ve got a lot more travel photography books to look forward to – but first, we hope you get some well-earned shut-eye.

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