City of Exiles – Berlin From the Outside In

Stuart Braun



  • Noctua Press
  • 2015
  • ISBN 9780994326805
  • 304 pages
  • Paperback
  • 21.5 × 20.5 × 2.5 cm

«I like to walk around. When I first got here, I just walked and walked, not thinking about anything, just talking to myself». Iggy Pop, Berlin, 1977

Berlin is a no man’s land, a city adrift in the sands of Central Europe, a place where all and no one belong. Destroyed, divided and held captive during a century of chaos and upheaval, borderless Berlin has yet remained a city where drifters, dreamers and outsiders have always believed they can find a place – can finally run free. In City of Exiles, Stuart Braun evokes the restless spirits that have come and gone from Berlin across the last century, the itinerants who, he argues, are the source of the Berliner Luft, the special free air that infuses this beguiling metropolis.