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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As readers steeped in 20th century modernism, we find the novel much less opaque. So if that hurts your frajz, you can just go ahead and do one.

Weaving in and out of the narrative is the city itself, the place that Berlin Alexanderplatz the book is named for, the hustle and bustle and the sense of the place overwhelming the individual in all its multiplicities of voice, commerce, myth, and noise.

Apparently the original was written in colloquial German with a heavy dose of working class Berlin slang. Account Options Sign in.

Nearly five stars for me, but the translation seemed a little off, or more so, Doblin included mucho s-era German slang, subsequently translated into s-era British slang, so there’s this Al Caponesque hard-boiled cockneyed thing going on in the dialogue that wasn’t always so accessible for this American ninety years later.

View all 21 comments. I expect it can, as the best novels do, reading after reading, afford you a fresh reality. The accent seems to become thicker and thicker as the novel progresses and sometimes it overflows the dialog and floods the narrative too.

And by antihero, I mean the pulling out your hair while thinking to yourself “don’t do that Franz, you big Biberkopf, you schnauzer of a one-armed mongoloid, you! As would Keith Talent! In German you often don’t get what’s going on, what’s spoken, who is speaking, if it’s thought or if it’s speech and there are, too, some very daring descriptions; policemen may just be “law manifest in a uniform” and a folk singer or: Biberkopf’s good intentions are boycotted again and again, and in over six hundred pages the reader experiences how fate tosses “our man” around.

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English, on the alexanderplqtz hand, has taken just common lower class speech and peppered the book with some exoticising insertions reminding you how it is in Germany. When his friend murders the prostitute on whom Biberkopf has been relying as an anchor, he realizes that he will be unable to extricate himself from the underworld into which he has sunk.


My library Help Advanced Book Search. A chapter on what happened to Reinhold, called “this chapter may also be dropped” indeed has been dropped!

Other editions – View all Berlin Alexanderplatz: But the scenes do give one a vivid idea of the swirling political factions active in s Berlin. But when you realize what golden age german advertisements were about, you also storry see where all these complaints about how “late capitalist culture” is “spoiling everything” are from in, say, Adorno.

Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

Produced for and shown on German television init has also been shown theatrically. Doblin is mentioned a lot, both as a favorite author of Archimboldi and as having a big influence on Bolano himself. 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. I also watched the 15hr movie from the 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 something but chooses to just waddle through life without reacting to much of anything.

Dec 29, K. View all 23 comments. There were times when reading this book felt like a kind of Devil worship.

Alexanderplatz is psychic warfare. Viberkopf by Alexander Stephan. 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. The political discussions seem equally cold and objective.

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Retrieved from ” https: This for me, made this book very interesting. It’s quite hard to fall into the mindset of these characters, but only observe them from afar, as facts, one of many, along with all the facts and figures of the city of Berlin aswim in the realities that follow one upon another in logical trajectories that do not end even when the worst has befallen.

Ese es el nuevo Biberkopf: The guy who takes the girlfriends thinks he’s doing the other guy a 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.


This novel deserves a second run-trough. It should have been around all along or it should have been implied and not mentioned expliticly all along.

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

As Franz struggles to survive in this world, fate teases him with a little pleasure before cruelly turning on him. It’s just that the woman was untrue to him so in the end, Frank feels that his life inside the prison is better that berlij he feels outside. Berlin shown in the light of world news events recalls Dos Passos, and the presence of vast weather bibedkopf over Europe to influence events and the actions of characters just barely predates Robert Musil.

Refresh and try again. Berlin Alexanderplatz, by Alfred Doblin. His Jewishness is apparent too, not only in the frequent references to the Hebrew Bible, references that strongly argue against bberlin idea of theodicy, but also because the specter of the Holocaust looms over the story the entire time like Mephistopheles. Franz is a representative man for the mid-to-late ’20s Germany, wherein things ain’t so good and the seeds of things way worse are sown and sprouting little swastikas.

Quotes from Berlin Alexanderp To me he’s hammered out a vigorous, free-flowing English that captures what I think would be the biberkofp venacular of this underclass of characters trapped and crushed in their Weimar lives in Berlin, living in the seams between petty crime and convention.

I cannot berllin it. Given that I’m about to embark on the Fassbinder epic, I suspect I’ll be rethinking this book in the next few weeks. It would profit a great deal if it was split into two novels with each storry to one single artistic idea. 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. Those are the times. Echoes of this intense scene ring out throughout the rest of the text.

It’s well worth it.