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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It’s a way of life.

They’ve taken some different dialects or have reinvented Germanized Yiddish with a Hispanicized Ladino. But not only echoes of Ulysses rebound in these pages: It’s like if Dos Passos decided to do USA with one character, and set it in Berlin, and to write sort of sory the style of Joyce but also realize that he needed some German so threw in a bunch of devices from Brecht, and then from the future Chris Adrian decided to pay a visit and tweak parts of the story from out of nowhere.

He is affected and unaffected at the same time, he lives by rules that affect him, stoy laws and regulations and city ordinances, and he lives by the laws of his own nature that affect him also inexplicably, like his rising, occasionally violent angerand he lives by rules he’s adopted without knowing why never rat brrlin ‘friends’, as if some kind of senseless code of honor and these rules keep him afloat, though not exactly alive, just afloat as another disconnected voice Biberbobbing amidst the hubbub of the Alexanderplatz.

View all 17 comments. People do things and things get done to biberkolf.

Ryan, Judith November A chapter on what happened to Reinhold, called “this chapter may also be dropped” indeed has been dropped! Particularily exciting to me alexanxerplatz the yiddish language. The novel has been adapted twice for film, the first time in in a movie directed by Piel Jutzi.


Finally started in on its pages a few weeks ago and now am finally done. Regardless, the voice of doom whispers its terrifying prophecy. Looking aghast, I shook my head with the resignation of Arsene Wenger: To ask other readers biber,opf about Berlin Alexanderplatzplease sign up.

And I remove another point for the sudden appearance of a perfectly clear plot. Until a few months ago I’d never heard of this novel or of Doblin. Biberkopf wants to lead a decent life from now on.

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The grizzled anarchist persists: That something continues moving mysteriously onward, for even at the end Biberkopf is alive, though a “new” man again how many times has he become a new man? View all 21 comments. Predictably enough there’s a slaughterhouse chapter which is perhaps the most impactful section of this book And what is it that Franz Biberkopf is reluctant to mention to the anarchist?

Account Options Sign in. Apparently the original was written in colloquial German with a heavy dose of working class Berlin slang. There is a kind of satisfying redemption for Franz at the end but I spent most of the book wanting to kick him in his big fat sausage-stuffed derriere just so bibegkopf do something interesting.

As a foil, you get to know the criminal Franz Biberkopf, who tries his best to be honest.

When his friend murders the prostitute on whom Biberkopf has been relying as an anchor, he realizes that he will be unable to bibekropf himself from the underworld into which he has sunk.

Retrieved 11 October 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.

Ci sono capitoli blberkopf descrivono quante persone sono morte, di che cosa, quanti bambini sono nati, il livello di disoccupazione, quello di delinquenza, le condizioni meteorologiche, il tabellone dei treni, come sono fatte le industrie. The latter in particular prove Jolas’s thorough knowledge of both languages, as proverbs and word puns, being extremely difficult to transfer from one language into another, are very well captured and translated.


The hero-adventure model is turned on its head in Berlin Alexanderplatz, where a bad man who is attempting to live a normal, if bad, life, is continually challenged by things getting worse and worse and worse despite all his feeble efforts. Instead of getting the hell out of there this stupid animal is just waiting for things to come.

I am happy I did. At one point in a bar a beer talks to a guy. What a grand book. I felt that claustrophobic atmosphere while reading the book.

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

But the scenes do give one a vivid idea of the swirling political factions active in s Berlin. I all of a sudden realise that you did not only steal the plot from lovely Muriel Spark’s The Driver’s Seatyou stole the main character from Berlin Alexanderplatz, and just dressed it up and made it bigger, and changed some Kneipes into English blberkopf For me it also provided an insight about what the oft-quoted “Mozart in a supermarket” of Marcuse and alexandefplatz notions of Adorno and Benjamin has been about: Sense, Document, and the Verbal World Picture”.

Now we watch the butchers of Berlin go to work cold-heartedly alexanverplatz Franz. View all 23 comments. There were times when the mere act of reading required a concerted focus on relaxing my shoulders and relieving the tension in my forehead.