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Hamburg Noir

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The historic northern port city Hamburg joins Berlin as the Akashic Noir Series continues its foray into one of Western Europe’s most storied nations

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“Even the supposedly ‘most beautiful city in the world’ has its dark sides. This well-edited anthology impressively shows them in literary form. Powerful stories: Hamburg from below.”
Hamburger Abendblatt


FEATURING BRAND-NEW STORIES FROM: Nora Luttmer, Till Raether, Matthias Wittekindt, Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Bela B. Felsenheimer, Jasmin Ramadan, Frank Göhre, Timo Blunck, Katrin Seddig, Tina Uebel, Zoë Beck, Brigitte Helbling, Kai Hensel, Robert Brack; translated from German by Noah Harley, Paul Young, and Geoff Howes.

Hamburg Noir offers fourteen original stories, fourteen unique perspectives, fourteen distinct neighborhoods, and fourteen fascinating pieces of a larger puzzle. It is a gripping journey of discovery through the darker sides of the city—from the north of Hamburg to downtown, from the south via the harbor and Altona to the affluent Blankenese. The book is at once an exhilarating literary portrait and a deep, dark declaration of love to this multifaceted city.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • IBSN: 9781636141152
  • e-IBSN: 9781636141848


JAN KARSTEN is the publisher and editor of CulturBooks, an award-winning independent publishing house based in Germany that specializes in contemporary international literature and crime fiction and has twice won the Deutsche Krimipreis award. Karsten also translates literature from English, including works by Keith Gessen, Carl Nixon, and Kathryn Scanlan. He lives in Hamburg.

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