The snow-covered Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Gail Jones’ novel exploits in a rather superficial way the city’s history of suffering and evil. Photo: EPA

Book review: A Guide to Berlin touches on evil, but never really wrestles with it

This novel’s glossy surface soon reveals itself to have all the substance of a cardboard backdrop, as Jones plunders the tragedies and horrors of the 20th century to decorate her thin tale

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The snow-covered Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Gail Jones’ novel exploits in a rather superficial way the city’s history of suffering and evil. Photo: EPA
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