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Metropolis

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by Thea von Harbou

Synopsis

This city of the future encompasses two worlds: that of the hedonistic ruling class and that of a segregated subculture, toilers in a mechanized underworld who labor to provide the rich with their pleasures. When a charismatic leader arises, she seeks a savior to unite the disparate social orders. “Between the brain that plans and the hands that build,” she declares, “there must be a mediator―the heart.”
Thea von Harbou, the creator of the screenplay for Fritz Lang’s iconic 1927 film, wrote this novel to expand upon the movie’s ideas and concepts. Vivid in the description, rich in characterization and symbolism, the story draws upon ancient myths to form a compelling vision of the future. Noted science-fiction authority Forrest J. Ackerman hailed the book as “a work of genius,” and a century after its initial publication Metropolis continues to captivate readers.

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262 Pages
5 - 6 Hours to read
71k Total words

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This is Metropolis, the novel that the film’s screenwriter — Thea von Harbou, who was director Fritz Lang’s wife, and a collaborator in the creation of the film — this is the novel that Harbou wrote from her own notes. It contains bits of the story that got lost on the cutting-room floor; in a very real way it is the only way to understand the film.

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