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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I’m not surprised to find it in the latter, given the outrageous sexism that per Just recently I came across the same uncommon idea twice in succession, in two wildly different novels from very different times and places.

Early on he exposes Biberkopf briefly to the nationalists, and Franz falls in with them for a short time, to the disgust of his comrades.

The idea is about a guy who serially passes off his girlfriends to a buddy after he tires of them. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Eine Biographie in German.

Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf – Alfred Döblin – Google Books

Certainly much of Arturo Belano’s narrative voice is taken from Alexanderplatz. It’s rather exhilaratingly alexnaderplatz and is as close to painting a filmic scene as I can imagine in a book.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. The more I’ve tried to resist the more I’ve failed miserably in reading this novel. The transfer of influence here is like that of Dark Lord and Apprentice: Looking aghast, Ghe shook my head with the resignation of Arsene Wenger: I expect it can, as the best novels do, reading after reading, afford you a fresh reality.

Berlin Alexanderplatz: the story of Franz Biberkopf – Alfred Döblin – Google Books

Echoes of this intense scene ring out throughout the rest of the text. It must be a terribly difficult book to translate, and in the edition some of the seams showed, as the translator used American slang which is no longer current.


For the majority of the book, Franz seems like a pawn just being constantly crapped on and unable to do anything about it but the truth is he can do viberkopf but chooses to just waddle through life without reacting to much of anything.

And yet the novel is worth reading alone for its encyclopaedic knowledge of everything unimportant and vulgar and of course also for its minute depiction of a long-forgotten Berlins reality TV at its best, really.

I’ve read about it before in a book on the poet Abraham Nahum Stencl. But as soon as I’ve understood I’ve found a German version of James Joyce instead of the book I’ve been expecting for I’ve had a lot of difficulties in going on.

The grizzled anarchist persists: Foreword by Alexander Stephan. In presenting a picture of Weimar-era Berlin through the character of one man, Franz Biberkopf, using elements of stream of consciousness, mythology and Biblical and metaphysical references, he wrote a very impressive novel.

Once I could settle into the monotone, eventually a kind of euphoria would start to build, a feeling, given the nature of the subject matter, that is hard to reconcile. Berlin in the s. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Doblin’s style is not only complicated: This page was last edited on 11 Octoberat However, the Spaniards have also taken most liberties with content.

There is a reaper, Death yclept, I must go up on the hills and weep and wail and lament with the herds in the desert, because they are so ravaged that none wander thf, both the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field are gone. Other editions – View all Berlin Alexanderplatz: Escapa de la muerte pero la invoca todo el tiempo.

From inside the book. Doblin just goes on and on and sometimes you don’t know who, among the present characters in the scene, is talking since the spoken parts, enclosed in quotes, are without references to their owners. Account Options Sign in. At one point in a bar a beer talks to a guy. Doblin’s novel remains a formidable feat. At some point, extremely interested. The guy who takes the girlfriends thinks he’s doing the other guy frnz favor, when in fact the other guy is an extremely dangerous psychopath – it would be far better to stay out of his way entirely than get entangled with him.


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bsrlin How to convey the essentially tragic nature of human destiny? A daring proposition on part of the author. 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 Alexander Stephan, this definitive translation of Berlin Alexanderplatz is also the basis for the widely studied television and film adaptation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

I think the reason was that the English translation of Eugene Jolas is just more readable.

Berlin Alexanderplatz

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 syory I’d never heard of this novel or of Doblin. Biberkopf’s good intentions are boycotted again and again, and in over six hundred pages the reader experiences how fate tosses “our man” around.

A few of my friends have recently made mediocre efforts. You bet, because Alfred Doblin is at the helm. Tras salir de ese sitio, Biberkopf se propone ser honrado y no recaer en giberkopf desgracia. But Franz is essentially apolitical, so the later scenes in which he listens to beer-hall tirades from various types of anarchists and socialists leave him untouched.