Berlin Quarterly Issue 6

by Berlin Quarterly


Berlin Quarterly’s sixth issue opens with a long-form reportage centred on the borderlands of the American Southwest. Alongside the words of undocumented immigrants and portraits of fractured border cities, Hannah Gold gives us an in-depth historical context for the US-Mexico border wall.

Four nonfiction pieces by Juan Villoro, a giant of contemporary Mexican literature, are translated here for the first time by award-winning translator Yvette Siegert. A new short story by eminent Indian novelist Upamanyu Chatterjee examines the impact of urbanization. Several pieces of fiction speak to questions related to migration. Blick Bassy depicts an immigrant’s ultimatum in epistolary form; Deepak Unnikrishnan presents a magical realist vision of construction sites in the Middle East, an extract from his prize-winning collection Temporary People. We are pleased to present a new short story by South African Masande Ntshanga, winner of the PEN International New Voices Award. And this issue of the Berlin Quarterly features poets Adi Keissar (Israel), Robin Myers (USA), and Galina Rymbu (Russia).

This sixth issue presents two photo portfolios. Photographer Janine Graubaum captures intimate scenes of the Eastern European railways, while landscape portraiture by Francesco Jodice depicts urban development around the globe. Editor Jeff Wood speaks with renowned photographer and conservationist Cristina Mittermeier on her role as a photographer in the context of climate change and the digital age.

Finally, another titan of Latin American literature, Julio Cortázar, and the text of a lecture he gave late in his career, laying out his evolution as a writer and the need for writers to be politically committed. The issue closes with Danish artist Lasse Krog Møller’s playful Black Square, a cultural history of the void.


BERLIN QUARTERLY 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 aims to bring you insightful and inquiring reportage and stories from around the globe. At their best, journalism, literature and the visual arts can be keys to mutual understanding, allowing us to interpret the past and to prepare ourselves for the challenges of the future. With a starting point of Berlin we look towards the rest of the world for inspiration beyond the German capital.