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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The Story of Franz Biberkopf Trans. It’s no use revering it merely as Fate, apexanderplatz must look at it, grasp it, down it, and not hesitate.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Which I won’t discuss. The white zone is for loading and unloading only. View all 13 comments. One cannot simply speak the voice of Death as if through a vocoder.

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. Berlin Alexanderplatz is considered by many storh be Fassbinder’s magnum opus.

Alexandefplatz, there are many beautifully arresting passages that will keep you interested. To me he’s hammered out a vigorous, free-flowing English that captures what I think would be the slangy venacular wlexanderplatz this underclass of characters trapped and crushed in their Weimar lives in Berlin, living in the seams between petty crime and convention.

Got this more friendly formatted copy and recently saw it recommended by Sesshu Foster, whose Atomik Aztex I loved. I have no idea if and how this vital and lively detail has survived translation. The advertisement agencies have been the hipsters of ss Germany.


Berlin Alexanderplatz

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. Would love a berlun translation by Michael Hofmann. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Still, as in reading Eliot or Joyce we never quite get to the biberkofp of it.

So if that hurts your feelings, you can just go ahead and do one.

Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf: Alfred Döblin: Continuum

He returns to his old neighborhood–Alexanderplatz–vowing to live a decent life. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. The New York Review of Books. ContinuumMay 1, – Fiction – pages. 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. Foreword by Alexander Stephan.

Doblin is living noir and this in translation – the original German must be even more vivid and dark. Utter boredom might be the obvious answer, but apart from that perhaps i good old ego tripping: 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.

Montage as Perceptual Experience: Biberkopf wants to lead a decent life from now on. This was also one of the reasons why I tried hard to first read Ulysses serialized from to prior to cracking this one up.

Given that I’m about to embark on the Fassbinder epic, I suspect I’ll be rethinking this book in the next few weeks.

Dialog tags are mostly missing. Alexanderplatz is psychic warfare. I think this book deserves a 5-star rating.


View all 8 comments. It gives you an intellectual aura.

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

Reading the novel has enhanced my understanding of the film, as incomplete as my appreciation may be. Cursed be the man, saith Jeremiah, that trusteth in man; he shall inherit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land, and not inhabited.

What reasons alfxanderplatz there for a reasonably intelligent person to watch that crap?

Open Preview See a Problem? View all 5 comments. I don’t know how that relates to the original German, but I enjoyed the Britishisms a lot, cuz I fancy a fawken bit o’ cockney piss taking. To read this as a complete attack on the budding Nazism of the time, or to equate the depravity of downtown Berlin with what caused Nazism to flourish, is a bit misguided. LANGUAGE It does contain a lot of German specific to the North and to the city of Berlin, like dada poetry it has insertions fraz too often seen in literature, like a lawyer’s language, police language, a doctor’s language, public transport, advertisements, protestant hymns and all this, lf the most part, is what the book was about.

View all 21 comments. One of its greatest admirers was a brilliant young German director. 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. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.