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Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon 

page 59 leaving-berlin

Berlin, 1949.: a city still in ruins almost four years after the war, caught between political idealism and the harsh realities of Soviet occupation. Espionage, like the black market, is still a way of life.

Alex Meier is a young Jewish writer who fled the Nazis for America before the war.Now, the politics of his youth have put him into the McCarthy witch-hunts. Faced with deportation and the loss of his family, Alex makes a desperate bargain with the fledgling CIA : he will earn his way back to America  by acting as their agent in his native Berlin.. But almost from the start things go fatally wrong.