Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf (Continuum Impacts) [Alfred Doblin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Alfred Döblin. Berlin Alexanderplatz brought fame in to its author Alfred Döblin, until then an impecunious writer and doctor in a working-class neighbourhood in the east. Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz tells of the losers of the modern age, of those who have nothing or who have to bravely defend what little.

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Finally finally finally this book is back in print in English. Hyperinflation is over, infrastructure works are underway, but despite the industrial and cultural ferment that made Berlin a world capital in the s, Biberkopf can barely scrape by. But not only echoes of Ulysses rebound in these pages: And Bieberkopf is forced through the markets, pubs, courts, prisons, one girl bordellos, lbgt conventions, the nazi press, a commie speech and an insane asylum for no other apparent reason than to showcase the language used in these parts.

I think he truly wants to believe in human goodness. Even today, the book is described as a masterpiece, spoken about in the same breath as works like James Joyce’s Ulysses or John dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

Berlin Alexanderplatz 2 16 Aug 16, Still, as in reading Eliot or Joyce we never quite get to the bottom of it. A daring proposition on part of the author.

The characters are mouthing their innermost thoughts and since it was Berlin at the time of Hitler’s rise, some of what they were saying could cause their lives or reveal what they really think about their religion as told in the Bible. All this sounds quite trashy, but be not deceived, it is a terribly tough read in German. This book is said to be one of the required readings for high school students in Germany. Once a city on the cusp of something great, Dessau in Saxony-Anhalt appears to be shrunken in size in It would profit a great deal if it was split into two novels with each sticking to one single artistic idea.


But then, though doing all right for himself financially, he gets involved in a set-to with an unpredictable external agency that looks an awful lot like fate.

Sometimes, it bubbles up right in the middle of the story, out of context, before being silenced again. I have a suspicion it might actually be quite interesting. I haven’t seen it either. I used to hear the conversations of my father and his buddies while they drank beer until they did not know what they were doing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thus, the book can be interpreted into so many ways that you don’t know if what you think of it is right or wrong. Anyway, a great book about a burly well-meaning low life trying to live a decent life, bashed not by feminist theorists but life itself, by what he considers his fate which is really the consequences of his choices, his lazy perceptions.

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There’s a certain whimsy to Doblin’s style that makes his story a little more affecting, as it takes out any possibility of sentimentality. I’m not surprised to find it in the latter, given the outrageous sexism that pervades all of Philip K Dick’s writings.

The world is not made of sugar. For me it also provided an insight about what the oft-quoted “Mozart in a supermarket” of Marcuse and similar notions of Adorno and Benjamin has been about: I reserve the right to edit this and change my rating at a later date upon further reflection!


This, despite the fact that they’ve played a role in the games from the dblim start, as an exhibition in Berlin shows.

Alfred Döblin: ‘Berlin Alexanderplatz’

There is a kind of satisfying redemption for Franz at the end dlin I spent most of the book wanting to kick him in his big fat sausage-stuffed derriere just so he’d do something interesting. I found this easier to read despite the fact that I used a g This book is said to be one of the required readings for high school students in Germany. He simply can not win the fight against his adversaries of which there are quite a few.

The irony of that feeling when you seem to be inside a prison when in fact you are living free in an outside world is very evident. When he steps out from prison, Nazism is on the rise in Germany.

But he does not have more talent for life alexandderplatz Keith in London Fieldsand even less talent at darts. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I mean, he murdered a woman years before the book even begins! He knew the depths of the human soul.

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Since I am interested on that, I kept on reading. Also by Alfred Doblin. Email required Address never made public. But he finds a new girl and vows he will stay away from crime.