How love for Berlin and a tale from Belfast led to the creation of my take on Rebus
A long fascination with Berlin and lifetime of stories from journalism find a novel outlet for Henry McDonald
I first went to Berlin in 1981 as a callow young communist who went behind the Iron Curtain to work at an international youth camp during the summer of the Hunger Strike back home.
Four years later I returned, guiltily, to stay for a while in West Berlin, the lines of the Sex Pistols' Holidays in the Sun rattling around my brain, especially that lyric about tourists like myself back in 1981 enjoying a "cheap holiday in other people's misery".
Punk and Marxist-Leninism were pulling me in different directions like the two souls in Faust's breast.