Here is the great Irish novel of Berlin, way back before the Wall came down.
Dallan Weaver, a writer and professor who’s been fêted and flattered but has seen better days, has come to the great divided city as a guest of DILDO (Deutsche-Internationale Literatur-Dienst Organization). On arriving, Weaver’s life immediately begins to fall apart. Women fight over him. He is not always in the soberest state of mind. Moving from relatively conventional narrative to deliriously long lists, incorporating everything from children’s drawings to minute recollections of dreams, Lions of the Grunewald is—in the author’s own words—a “missionary stew,” marvelously served up in Aidan Higgins’s inimitable style.
"The ferocious dazzling prose of Aidan Higgins, the pure architecture of his sentences, takes the breath out of you. He is one of our great writers." ~Annie Proulx, author of The Shipping News and "Brokeback Mountain"
"There is a shimmering mixture of the poetic and the precise ... as though some of the scenes are observed through glass, or from a distance and then distilled. He works wonders with cadence, moving close to a character’s consciousness and then away from the character so the prose is distant, observing, painterly." ~Colm Tóibín