Berlin in the s. Fraz Biberkopf has just been released from prison after serving four years for violence that resulted in the death of a girlfriend. He. Recently cited as one of the Most Meaningful Books of All Time by a survey reported in The Guardian, and with a new foreword by German-literary scholar. Alfred Döblin () studied medicine in Berlin and specialized in the treatment of nervous diseases. Along with his experiences as a.

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A short chapter near the beginning whisks you through a seemingly bibeerkopf description of every building and its inhabitants on a Berlin city block. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This is definitely a “difficult” book and I didn’t find it nearly as engaging as I hoped but I also see that there’s a lot of meat here to chew on.

You can guess what a sow will do when she gets into her trough. I was rooting for the man. However, it can’t be denied it’s pretty cool just walking on the streets of your town with this oversized book under your alesanderplatz arm. Don’t you ever learn? As they say, sometimes you will know the real person, once he or she gets real drunk.

Jetzt liegst du still. Alexanderplatz is psychic warfare. It also has a plot. At the end the author tells us that “the old world must crumble” and that while “for one the road alexajderplatz straight, for another it goes to the side” Just recently I came across the same uncommon idea twice in succession, in two wildly different novels alexandetplatz very different times and places.

You bet, because Alfred Doblin is at the helm. Alexander;latz, as in reading Eliot or Joyce we never quite get to the bottom of it. The place is pictured here as dark and discriminatory and yet we all love European cities no matter in which century they were.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

It simply doesn’t get better than this. He uses Berlin’s geography in much the same way Joyce does that of Dublin; I’m sure Doblin’s locat Until a few months ago I’d never heard of this novel or of Doblin. The translation by Michael Hoffman brings refreshment to this tale of low life Weimar Berlin. Looking aghast, I shook my head with the resignation of Arsene Wenger: Berlin in the s. From Upton Sinclair and The Jungleit borrows the concern over social injustice in modern mass society.

He simply can not win the fight against his adversaries of which there are quite a few. Happily, I think, because then it’s a novel that’ll always have something to offer.

The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: This for me, made this book very interesting. A few of my friends have recently made mediocre efforts.

This was also one of the reasons why I tried hard to first read Ulysses serialized from to prior to cracking this one up. For it happens alike with Man and Beast; as the Beast dies, so Man dies, too.

From inside the book. All this sounds quite trashy, but be not deceived, it is a terribly tough read in German.

Indeed I was intrigued by the title, by the fact that I know quite well the place itself – I mean, the square – having spent a month close to it in formerly East Berlin. Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture. The Spanish here, again, is an exception. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: He uses Berlin’s geography in much the same way Joyce does that of Dublin; I’m sure Doblin’s locations of streets, businesses and buildings are as accurate–and as lovingly pictured–as Joyce’s Dublin.

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Don’t wear no armbands, don’t be a joiner. 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. They did replace the Berlin dialect with something which would sound natural when spoken by the local actors and they have taken all the most difficult bits of the book and showed they did make better sense, indeed, when shown onstage.

I believed that Berlin Alexanderplatz was the kind of picaresque historical novel I like so much, but it’s not. That said there were some spectacular sections in this book that blew me away. View all 23 comments.

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I’d begun by watching the episode German film Rainer Werner Fassbinder made of the novel, then, fascinated, moved into a simultaneous reading of the novel. And what could you possibly expect of Biberkopf then, not being a better man? I know of him as a publisher and member of the Joyce Parisian circle of the 20s and 30s. The radio piece has also been made into a film in the early 30s.

LANGUAGE It does contain a lot of German specific to the North and to the city of Berlin, like dada poetry it has insertions not too often seen in literature, like a lawyer’s language, police language, a doctor’s language, public transport, advertisements, protestant hymns and all this, for the most part, is what the book was about.

Strange maze of books I am wandering through. Biberkopf wants to alexandfrplatz a decent life from now on.

I do actually feel my use of the language has suffered substantially after three weeks with Biberkopf and his uncouth pals.