Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf by Alfred Döblin

Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf by Alfred Döblin

By Alfred Döblin

Alfred Döblin (1878-1957) studied drugs in Berlin and really expert within the remedy of fearful illnesses. together with his stories as a psychiatrist within the workers' zone of Berlin, his writing was once encouraged by way of the paintings of Holderlin, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche and was once first released within the literary journal, Der Sturm. linked to the Expressionist literary circulation in Germany, he's now well-known as on of crucial glossy eu novelists.

Berlin Alexanderplatz is without doubt one of the masterpieces of contemporary ecu literature and the 1st German novel to undertake the means of James Joyce. It tells the tale of Franz Biberkopf, who, on being published from legal, is faced with the poverty, unemployment, crime and burgeoning Nazism of Twenties Germany. As Franz struggles to outlive during this global, destiny teases him with a bit excitement prior to cruelly turning on him.
Foreword via Alexander Stephan
Translated via Eugene Jolas.

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But I guess that’s not the point now, is it? ” The Slip Once she was gone, I downed another cola, then took a hot shower and shaved. I was down to the bottom on just about everything—soap, shampoo, shaving cream. I stepped out of the shower and dried my hair, rubbed on body lotion, cleaned my ears. Then to the kitchen to heat up the last of the coffee. Only to discover: no one sitting at the opposite side of the table. Staring at that chair where no one sat, I felt like a tiny child in a De Chirico painting, left behind all alone in a foreign country.

Such things happened often enough, so how could I think her leaving me was anything out of the ordinary? The long and the short of it was, it was up to her. “The long and short of it is, it’s up to you,” I said. It was a Sunday afternoon, as I dawdled with a pull-ring from a beer can, that she came out with it. Said she wanted a divorce. ” she asked, releasing her words slowly. “No, either way is not fine with me,” I said. ” “If you want to know the truth, I don’t want to leave you,” she said after a moment.

Sex with her with her ears exposed was an experience I’d never known. When it was raining, the smell of the rain came through crystal clear. When birds were singing, their song was a thing of sheer clarity. I’m at a loss for words, but that’s what it was like. ” I once asked her. “Of course not,” she said. ” “A duty. Dry and tasteless, like chewing newsprint. But that’s okay. ” “Then you ought to show them,” I said. ” For sure, there were a lot of things I didn’t understand at all. For instance, the reason why she treated me special.

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