What? Two posts in one day?
I couldn’t resist making some comments about a really interesting alternate history graphic novel that I’m looking forward to reading.
It is a German language book, called RRWB – Räterepublik Westberlin (RRWB – The West Berlin Soviet Republic). It is written by Jörg Ulbert together with Thomas Jaedicke, and is illustrated by Jörg Mailliet.
Set in 1968, a year after the murder of Benno Ohnesorg by police during a demonstration against the Shah of Iran, the book examines what would have happened if West Berlin had been taken over by leftists and turned into a Soviet Republic. As the promotional blurb for the book makes clear, the republic is led by Rudi Dutschke, Horst Mahler, and Otto Schily and seeks to create a utopian, worker and student-led state. The petrified bourgeoisie flee from the city and hippies take over. The story’s protagonist, a student named Ralf Schindralski participates in the dramatic events but becomes disillusioned as intrigue and betrayal make their inevitable appearance – complete with reeducation camps and other unpleasantries.
I still to have order the book, but the illustrations are great and I look forward to seeing how plausible the overall plot is. RRWB will surely fascinate anyone interested in the social upheavals and left-wing counterculture of the late 1960s. I’ll be spending part of my winter break checking it out.
Here’s the LINK to the book’s promotional website.