Last Updated on June 25, 2023 by Louisa
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About the Book
A riveting story about the rivalry between two brothers living on opposite sides of the Berlin wall during its construction in the 1960s, and how their complicated legacy and dreams of greatness will determine their ultimate fate.
A city divided. A family fractured. Two brothers caught between past and present.
Berlin, 1961. Rudi Möser-Fleischmann is an aspiring photographer with dreams of greatness, but he can’t hold a candle to his talented, charismatic twin brother Peter, an ambitious actor.
With the sudden divorce of their parents, the brothers find themselves living in different sectors of a divided Berlin; the postwar partition strangely mirroring their broken family.
But one night, as the city sleeps, the Berlin Wall is hurriedly built, dividing society further, and Rudi and Peter are forced to choose between playing by the rules and taking their dreams underground.
That is, until the truth about their family history and the growing cracks in their relationship threatens to split them apart for good.
Epic Book Society’s Thoughts:
Our favorite Quotes:
“Years of convincing himself that down was up, east was west, wrong was right. Compassion was weakness. There was now no belief, no theory, no thought at all – only the animal will to survive.”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
“Rudi believed in words, that they meant what people told him they should mean. He believed all the concepts on his school exams because he wanted peace, and knew it was worth fighting for. He trusted in a better era to come, so believed in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik. The Western sectors may have better movies and patries. But that wasn’t going to save the world.”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
“Life is lovely; you just have to see it through the right lens.”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
“Is it right to make people laugh at someone else’s expense? What if the person isn’t there? What if they’re in on the joke – does that make it alright?”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
“Every problem in the world has a tidy explanation: Capitalist imperialism. Western colonialism. Bonn fascism.”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
“You couldn’t rest comfortably in the illusion of simulated reality. Brecht’s work claled for alertness, for identification. The problem in his plays were your problems. The solutions lay in your hands.”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
“Seeing his twin made him feel repaired, like a little frayed patch had been darted back together.”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
“A troubled youth is having a swell time on the outside, going to the parties, getting all the girls, but inwardly, he’s tormented, and it leads him to his downfall – all because – are you ready? He didn’t join the party, you see.”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
“Humans are very adaptable. It’s not the end of the world. It’s just a wall.”Vesper Stamper, Berliners
About Vesper Stamper
From National Book Award-nominated, critically acclaimed author-illustrator Vesper Stamper comes a stark look at how resentment and denial can strain the bonds of brotherhood to the breaking point.
Born in Germany and raised in New York City, Vesper Stamper writes and illustrates novels which tell, through both words and pictures, stories of history’s rhymes.
Her debut illustrated YA novel, What the Night Sings, about the aftermath of the Holocaust through the eyes of a young musician, was a National Book Award Nominee, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Morris Award Finalist, Golden Kite Honor Book and Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner, and was named one of the Best YA Books of 2018/9 by YALSA, the Wall Street Journal and Kirkus.
Vesper has a BFA in Illustration from Parsons and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts and is the host of the podcast Vesperisms: The Art of Thinking for Yourself, which aims to cultivate a rehumanized worldview through artistic thinking.
She lives with her husband, filmmaker Ben Stamper, and her two teenagers, in the Northeast, and teaches illustration at School of Visual Arts.
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