Berlin Quarterly #12


Berlin Quarterly is a European review of long form journalism, literature and the Arts. It’s a new cultural journal with global perspective, combining in-depth reportage, literature and visual culture.

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In Berlin Quarterly’s signature long-form reportage, journalist Zuzanna Bukłaha delineates the current political and social fissures in her native Poland. Contextualising the recent abortion ban and homophobic legislation with Poland’s political history, Bukłaha reports on the protests and art happening as a response to these new statutes.

Beloved German writer Jenny Erpenbeck looks back on her childhood in East Berlin with three short memoir works; Marek Bienczyk contributes to the issue with a study on transparency, touching on fears of deception and overexposure; and Pablo Maurette investigates the concept of ketman, a creative form of self-censorship that intellectuals and artists practice under totalitarian regimes. In fiction, Mark Tardi translates Olga Hund, exploring the inner workings of a psychiatric hospital.

The twelfth issue features two contemporary poets: Ann Cotten, called “the new face of German poetry” by Die Zeit, whose experimentation nods to postwar German surrealism; and Xandria Phillips, whose Lambda award-winning debut collection was praised as “a decolonisation of space and self ” by Claudia Rankine.

Elliott Verdier’s photo portfolio documents the cinematic landscapes of Kyrgyzstan, a young republic marked by its Soviet past. The archive section features Anaïs Tondeur’s stunning, haunting cyanotypes of vegetation from Chernobyl alongside meditations on the tragedy and its aftermath by writer Michael Marder. Together, this visual artwork and fragmented text serve as witness and orator, as the history wanders into philosophical prose and personal memoir.



Reportage Dividedby Zuzanna Bukłaha

Fiction Dogs of Smaller Breedsby Olga Hund

Nonfiction Ketmanby Pablo Maurette

Poetry For a Burial Free of Sharksby Xandria Phillips

Portfolio A Shaded Pathby Elliott Verdier

Nonfiction Transparencyby Marek Bieńczyk

Insight An Interview with
Vera Michalski-Hoffmannby Klaudia Cierluk

Memoir Not a Novelby Jenny Erpenbeck

Poetry In the Museum of Misanthropyby Ann Cotten

Archive The Chernobyl Herbarium by Michael Marderby Anaïs Tondeur

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