Only a study of its voids could do justice to Berlin’s turbulent history.
“Many rulers have bent their heads over models of Berlin. It must be gratifying, if not positively dizzying with power, to push the buildings from entire sections of street from the board…” Overzealous city planners (totalitarian and democratic), bombings, blight, gentrification – in City Spaces, Annett Gröschner examines the history of erasure, demolition and annihilation that has shaped the face of Berlin. In brief, vivid scenes she presents a prismatic view of these spaces, a wistful contemplation with historical weight.
“Her history-haunted forays through the capital city are always intent on salvaging something lost, and along the way she throws off comments that are among the most dazzling and derisive known to the genre of gentrification-bashing.” Jutta Person, Süddeutsche Zeitung
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was born in Magdeburg in 1964 and has lived in Berlin since 1983. She has worked as a freelance writer, journalist and lecturer since 1997. She writes novels, stories, plays, radio features and articles. Also an editor, she collaborates
with the photographer Arwed Messmer on projects at the crossroads of literature and photography (including the 2011 exhibition and book The Other View: The Early Berlin Wall, and the 2012 book Berlin, Fruchtstraße on March 27, 1952). Her novel Moskauer Eis appeared in 2000, followed by Walpurgistag in 2011. Her most recent book, Mit der Linie 4 um die Welt, was published in 2012.