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Antiquariat Brandel (Brandel’s Second-hand Bookshop)


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Brandel's Bookshop

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One reaches the Antiquariat Brandel at the northern end of Schamweberstrasse at a quieter parallel street to Bölschestrasse in its lively provincial setting. As well as focusing on literature, art, geography and travel, the owner is particularly interested in local history and the literature of the Friedrichshagen circle of writers. “In the midst of the turmoil of the city and yet far away from it,” towards the end of the 19th century a group of writers formed around Wilhelm Bölsche, Bruno Wille, Wilhelm Spohr and the brothers Julius Hardt and Heinrich Hardt. Their libertarian, naturalist and anti-bourgeois ideas and lifestyles seem both fanciful and excitingly contemporary. Well-known names such as Gustav Landauer, Gerhart Hauptmann and Erich Mühsam were also occasionally linked with Friedrichshagen and its writers. The story of Peter Hille, the “vagabond and bohemian” of the group is touching. In great poverty and dying of hunger, he was rescued and looked after in his last hours by Else Lasker-Schüler. Katrin Brandel is documenting the great breath of culture that blew through Friedrichshagen in her own publication, the “Friedrichshagener Hefte.” In the “Zeit-Galerie” (period gallery) in a shed behind the bookshop, the search for textual and biographical traces of this Friedrichshagener community of “free spirits” is documented in various exhibitions.




Address: Scharnweberstr. 59  12587 Berlin
Tel: +49 030 - 641 11 60  Fax: +49 030 - 641 11 60
Bus, Tube, Tram: S 3 Friedrichshagen; Tram 60, 61
Hours of opening: Wed-Fri 12.00-18.30, Sat 9.00-12.00
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