is a European review of long form journalism, literature, and the Arts.
It's a new cultural journal with global perspective. It combines in-depth reportage, literature and visual culture.
Berlin Quarterly uses longform narrative journalism to paint an intimate picture of modern Europe. -- 15 Beautiful And Fascinating Independent Magazines You Need To Read -- Buzzfeed
A fascinating blend of in-depth reportage, literature and visual culture. -- 10 Indie Mags You Should Read This Summer, Creative Bloq
It’s one of those delightful few magazines that is just as at home on your bookshelf as your magazine stack. -- Mag Culture
In-depth English-language reportage (and fiction and visual arts) from a locale where most Americans don’t seek out journalism. -- The 100 Best Magazines You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of -- InsideHook
Writer Emmeline Clein tackles Berlin Quarterly’s signature long- form reportage, researching the racist and scientifically misguided origins of the body mass index, and its policy and cultural legacies. Clein’s thorough historical research melds with sharp and timely cultural analysis, revisiting pop culture icons, fad diets, and the framing of the so-called “obesity epidemic”.
Throughout the issue, readers are called to witness moments of crisis through a chorus of genres. In This Night Has a Long Way to Go, Vikram Kapur’s dispatch from a locked down Delhi, the writer transcribes the unfurling tragedy around him, and the mundanity of continuing to teach writing over Zoom amidst his fear and grief. In La Mata, poet Eliana Hernandez eulogises the 2000 El Salido massacre, personifying the physical Colombian landscape to help tell of the unspeakable violence. Poet Logan February takes on a more personal form, using themself as a prism to explore social issues, including police corruption and debt, through verse. Marco Sconocchia’s photo portfolio captures an unhoused community in Rome, while, more fantastically, Brenda Peynado’s fiction What We Lost takes the form of a testimony, narrating as local townspeople begin to lose body parts one at a time.
The theme of the body appears again in Dear Senthurean, an excerpt from Akwaeke Emezi’s long awaited Black Spirit Memoir, and in Bora Chung’s Snare, a tale of blood and gold, presented here in both Korean and English. In the archive section, Camillo Golgi’s 19th- century medical illustrations return to the literal body, depicting nerves whose lines, at this magnitude, appear almost abstract.
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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.
176 Pages // $25
In Berlin Quarterly’s signature long-form reportage, Peter Frederick Matthews travels to the Prora, a colossal building complex on the island of Rügen, Germany. Alongside his research into the Nazi roots of the world’s largest holiday resort, Matthews also traces the history of tourism, and the interplay between the tourism industry and state-sponsored violence in Germany and abroad.
Teresa O’Connell translates Valerio Mattioli, who describes the history and geography of the city of Rome based around the GRA ring road. Mattioli also dissects Rome’s foundational myth of Romulus and Remus, and envisages potential futures for the city based these origins.
Heather Cleary translates Roque Larraquy in A Report on Animal Ectoplasm, a magical realist depiction of life and death in Argentina. Claudia Durastanti’s portrait of her relationship with her mother, who is deaf, tenderly explores their separate and communal interactions with music.
Through her memoir In The Dream House, Guggenheim-winning writer Carmen Maria Machado combats the erasure around domestic violence in lesbian relationships. Her poetic, innovative prose recounts her abusive relationship, tying in artistic representations of love and violence.
An expansive dossier presents nine contemporary poets from Turkey. This survey of work is wide ranging both in style and content, and is essential reading for those interested in current writing from the region. Berlin Quarterly’s eleventh issue also includes work from Patrizia Cavalli, printed with the original Italian, alongside an exclusive interview.
The photo portfolio features two collections by Guido Guidi: one showing a series of images from the Venetian mainland in the 1980s, and the other depicting the changing landscape along the via Emilia – an ancient Italian road connecting Milan with the Adriatic coast.
The archive section boasts a series of colourful infographics about the advancement of African Americans, originally presented by WEB de Bois at the 1900 World's Fair. These images, contextualised by an in-depth introduction, explored and combatted the narratives of black life in post-slavery America.
212 Pages // $25
In Berlin Quarterly’s signature longform reportage, Allyn Gaestel writes from Kinshasa, profiling an independent collective of sex workers in the Congolese capital. Gaestel traces the history of sex work in the region from colonial times to the present, and grounds the reportage in close portraits of the women involved.
This fiction-rich issue includes four short stories: Clemens Meyer’s whirlwind account of sex work in East Germany, Esther Kinsky’s meditation on the Rhine river, Eloghosa Osunde’s encounter with ghouls, and Darryl Pinckney’s fraught romances in Berlin.
Two Nigerian poets are featured: Niran Okewole and Precious Arinze. Their work is expansive, ranging both in form and content, from contemporary scenes of women kissing in churches to naming major perpetrators of the slave trade. In addition, renowned German poet Jan Wagner appears in both German and English, as well as in conversation with poetry editor Ezequiel Zaidenwerg.
Jann Höfer’s photo portfolio illustrates a German village in Chile, founded after WWII, in its awkward rebranding as a tourist destination after the incarceration of its leader. The uncanny portraits capture both the aging population and the cinematic landscapes that surround the former cult.
204 Pages // $25
Berlin Quarterly’s Ninth Issue opens with a reportage from Leonard George, presenting a history of paganism and mystical rites in ancient Syria. It is paired with abstract paintings by Hilma af Klint, a renowned artist as well as a mystic, painting the images that appeared to her through séances.
Three selections of poetry feature a variety of distinguished poets: Robert Hass, the former US poet laureate, appears in conversation with Berlin Quarterly’s poetry editor Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, alongside some of Hass’ most celebrated works, and a selection of never before published poems. Xi Chuan, one of China’s most revered poets, is presented both in Chinese and in translation, with the exquisite prose poems he is best known for. Finally, Ricardo Domeneck presents a selection of Brazil’s leading women poets: Marília Garcia, Angélica Freitas, and Adelaide Ivánova, three central figures in the contemporary Brazilian poetry scene.
The issue includes a pair of short stories. The late Taeko Kōno, considered a monumental 20th century feminist author in Japan, writes of a young woman preparing to meet her death. Daryl Qilin Yam, a contemporary Singaporean writer, explores the relationship between an uncle and niece.
Our photo portfolio features Todd Hido with his series Homes at Night, capturing nocturnal portraits of American suburbs, from California to New York.
Two pieces of nonfiction are included in the issue: renowned poet Mary Ruefle reflects on her well-meaning but fraught relationship with a homeless man who lives in her neighbourhood; and Kate Zambreno explores the American Civil War era photographs thought to capture the images of ghosts, as well as the role of photography in her own family history.
168 Pages // $25
Berlin Quarterly’s eighth issue opens with nonfiction by renowned Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat. In experiencing her own mother’s death, Danticat interrogates private, public, and literary mourning, engaging the work of writers from Leo Tolstoy to Audre Lorde, and tragedies like 9/11 and the catastrophic Haitian earthquake in 2010.
This issue features three acclaimed poets. Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill constructs mythical anthropology about merfolk who have come to live on land, as translated from the Irish by poet Paul Muldoon; Safiya Sinclair viscerally interrogates the violent history of her native Jamaica; and John Burnside revisits the theme of mourning in both verse and conversation with Daniel Lipara.
Gabriel Ventura guest curates a pair of Catalan short stories by Antònia Vicens and Lucia Pietrelli, which engage with femininity and desire in symbolic and lyrical prose.
In Solastalgia, artist Marina Vitaglione personifies Venice, narrating the city’s sinking into the sea in text as well as images, whose film have been degraded by exposure to seawater.
Alison Leslie Gold, a preeminent Holocaust writer, shares a personal letter reflecting on a lost friend.
176 Pages // $25
This issue is focused on Science and the future. With the journalist Chris Hatherill we explore the future of telescopes, a crucial tool for our understanding of the universe. Elvia Wilk introduces us to Oxytocin, an empathy-enhancing drug. Paul Sánchez Keighley meets with Kira Radinsky, a young Israeli scientist who created an algorithm to predict macro political events.
As the photographer Edgar Martins provides us with an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the European Space Agency, we travel back to the 17th century to rediscover Robert Hooke‘s Micrographia, a book whose beautiful drawings bear witness to the early stages in the history of the microscope.
We then interview two of our contemporary heroes: the science writer and journalist David Quammen, author of Spillover, the celebrated popular book about epidemiology, and Adam Curtis, the well-known BBC filmmaker, whose documentaries are both culturally enlightening and aesthetically thrilling.
Barry Phillips of Cambridge University presents to us the work of Northern Irish Artist Mark Francis whose paintings demonstrate that there is more to the universe than we can see.
Our fiction section for this issue is co-curated by Neil Clarke, editor of the acclaimed science fiction magazine Clarkesworld. He selected for us four stories penned by some of the most interesting contemporary authors within the genre: Ken Liu, Lauren Beukes, Genevieve Valentine and Carrie Vaughn. Finally, we asked Zackary Scholl to share with us some poems, generated by an algorithm he created, that have recently passed the Turing test.
John Kinsella presents to us 5 new poems from his time as Poet and Writer in Residence at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge University.
212 Pages // $25
For Berlin Quarterly’s third issue we “moved” to Beirut where we joined forces with Ibrahim Nehme, Editor in Chief and Founder of the award-winning middle-eastern magazine - The Outpost.
Ibrahim has guest-edited a long section of our new issue. Not only has he penned a long article for us on the present situation in his hometown, Beirut, and his country, Lebanon, but he also curated a series of Lebanese talent in fiction, poetry, art and photography including the photographer Tanya Traboulsi and the writer Lina Mounzer. We also feature a “long” short story by Liane Al Ghusain, two poems by the Beirut based poetry collective The Poeticians, an interesting photo-essay on Studio Fouad – the oldest photographic studio in Beirut – and a selection of the strongest and more significant artworks relating to Beirut in the past ten years by local curator Roy Dib.
We are also pleased to include a new short story by the Irish author Kevin Barry (New Yorker, The Guardian, New Statesman, Granta) with photographs from Simon Lee. The Asian/US author Karl-Taro Greenfeld (The Paris Review, GQ, The Atlantic) contributes a brand new story. A photographic reportage by Jon Tonk show us some of the most remote British overseas territories. This issue also features a short story full of mystery by the French Canadian author Marie-Claude Bourjon introduced by a painting from the Italian artist Tommaso Gorla. To conclude, we present the reader with 12 studies on geometry and perspective created in 1567 by the German engraver Lorenz Stoer.
200 Pages // $25
Winter 2013 / 2014
The first issue begins in Belgrade, with an investigation of the city’s internal struggle. Words by editor Cesare Alemanni are paired with the photography of Guido Gazzilli, whose work has appeared in Wire, GQ, VICE, Studio, and Rolling Stone. Author Jim Shepard, who has written for The New Yorker and The Paris Review, contributes a short story set in a hut perched on a wind-blasted slope of the Weissfluhjoch, 3,500 meters above Davos.
The photographs of Sze Tsung Leong explore the urban fabric of China and its continual erasure and change, and the constant disparity between its history and its future. Leong’s work has been included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Galleries of Scotland, among others.
An insight provides an investigation into the future of the book in the digital age, with contributions on publishing ‘from Gutenberg to the tablet’ by writer and technologist James Bridle, and interviews with Justin McGuirk of Strelka Press, product designer Robert Brunner, journalist and Atavist co-founder Evan Ratliff, ‘tech optimist’ Craig Mod, and cover designer and typographer David Pearson, while the writer Alessandro Ludovico highlights 100 differences/similarities between paper and the pixel.
The issue also features an interview with Edwin Frank from the acclaimed NYRB Classics series by Tim Small, poetry from Uljana Wolf, a short story in translation by Marija Knežević, and a collection of illustrations from Kunstformen der Natur, the work of 19th-century biologist Ernst Haeckel.
164 Pages // $25
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