Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz[KINDLE] ❆ Berlin Alexanderplatz Author Alfred Döblin – Bluevapours.co.uk Biberkopf hat geschworen, er will anst ndig sein, und ihr habt gesehen, wie er wochenlang anst ndig ist, aber das war gewisserma en nur eine Gnadenfrist Das Leben findet das auf die Dauer zu fein und Biberkopf hat geschworen, er will anst ndig sein, und ihr habt gesehen, wie er wochenlang anst ndig ist, aber das war gewisserma en nur eine Gnadenfrist Das Leben findet das auf die Dauer zu fein und stellt ihm hinterlistig ein Bein Die Geschichte des Transportarbeiters Franz Biberkopf, der, aus der Strafanstalt Berlin Tegel entlassen, als ehrlicher Mann ins Leben zur ckfinden m chte, ist der erste deutsche Gro stadtroman von literarischem Rang Das Berlin der Zwanziger Jahre ist der Schauplatz des Geschehens Dabei wird die Gro stadt selbst zum Gegenspieler des gutm tig j hzornigen Franz Biberkopf, der dieser verlockenden, aber auch unerbittlichen Welt zu trotzen versucht Mit Berlin Alexanderplatz vollzog D blin die radikale Abkehr vom b rgerlich psychologischen Roman Hier wurde kein Einzelschicksal analysiert Das kollektive Geschehen, das Allgemeine einer menschlichen Situation erfuhr hier eine g ltige dichterische Gestaltung Der Roman z hlt zu den gro en Epen unserer Zeit.

Bruno Alfred D blin August , June , was a German novelist, essayist, and doctor, best known for his novel Berlin Alexanderplatz A prolific writer whose uvre spansthan half a century and a wide variety of literary movements and styles, D blin is one of the most important figures of German literary modernism His complete works comprise over a dozen novels ranging in genre from historical novels to science fiction to novels about the modern metropolis several dramas, radio plays, and screenplays a true crime story a travel account two book length philosophical treatises scores of essays on politics, religion, art, and society and numerous letters his complete works, republished by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag and Fischer Verlag, spanthan thirty volumes His first published novel, Die drei Spr nge des Wang lung The Three Leaps of Wang Lun , appeared in and his final novel, Hamlet oder Die lange Nacht nimmt ein Ende Tales of a Long Night was published in , one year before his death.

Berlin Alexanderplatz Kindle ✓ Paperback
    Berlin Alexanderplatz Kindle ✓ Paperback erste deutsche Gro stadtroman von literarischem Rang Das Berlin der Zwanziger Jahre ist der Schauplatz des Geschehens Dabei wird die Gro stadt selbst zum Gegenspieler des gutm tig j hzornigen Franz Biberkopf, der dieser verlockenden, aber auch unerbittlichen Welt zu trotzen versucht Mit Berlin Alexanderplatz vollzog D blin die radikale Abkehr vom b rgerlich psychologischen Roman Hier wurde kein Einzelschicksal analysiert Das kollektive Geschehen, das Allgemeine einer menschlichen Situation erfuhr hier eine g ltige dichterische Gestaltung Der Roman z hlt zu den gro en Epen unserer Zeit."/>
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  1. Glenn Russell says:

    A shocking novel A disturbing novel A brutal novel.And if you click into the novel s ironic humorous satiric vibe set in the years when Berlin was Europe s most liberal city featuring avant garde art, radical politics and sex easily available in any and all varieties, then Berlin Alexanderplaz is, I kid you not, a thrilling, enjoyable romp at breakneck speed.Oh, the picaresque novel with its epigraphs and episodic adventures of an insatiable scallywag usually from the lower classes True to fo A shocking novel A disturbing novel A brutal novel.And if you click into the novel s ironic humorous satiric vibe set in the years when Berlin was Europe s most liberal city featuring avant garde art, radical politics and sex easily available in any and all varieties, then Berlin Alexanderplaz is, I kid you not, a thrilling, enjoyable romp at breakneck speed.Oh, the picaresque novel with its epigraphs and episodic adventures of an insatiable scallywag usually from the lower classes True to form, Alfred D blin trots out his main character and hero, a World War One vet by the name of Franz Biberkopf, fresh from Tegel Penitentiary where he served four years for sending his sweetheart to an early grave by way of cracking her skull and inflicting an assortment of other nasty injuries.Alfred D blin s expressionist prose reads like mile Zola s naturalism on crack and speed, as if nearly every man and woman in its five hundred pages has the jazz driven energy and lan and irreverence of a Henry Miller or a Charles Bukowski And such qualities include the omniscient narrator who inserts jingles and songs, headlines and screamers, slogans and catchphrases as well as an array of other verbal flotsam that invade a reader s five senses as if one actually spent nights back in 1927 1928, the years D blin wrote his masterpiece, wandering the Berlin streets and popping into many of the city s decadent, fleshpot theaters And, oh, those sardonic chapter openings and epigraphs such as Franz Biberkopf is on the job market, you need to earn money, a man can t life without money, and Here decent, well intentioned Franz Biberkopf suffers a first reverse He falls victim to a cheat The shock is profound Biberkopf has sworn to be decent, and as you ve seen, he has been decent for several weeks, but that was really just temporary In the long run, life finds that too prissy, and it cunningly trips him up New York Review Books deserves the highest praise for republishing this German literary classic in Michael Hofmann s stunning translation Mr Hofmann also furnishes an extensive Afterward wherein he expatiates on the life and times of Alfred D blin, the history of Berlin Alexanderplatz and the challenges of translating the author s vibrant language into English.Actually, it s Michael Hofmann s observations on language I found most helpful and for good reason in all the many novels I ve read over the years, I have never been as keenly aware of the role of a translator as when reading Berlin Alexanderplatz I know, I know, Berlin in the 1920s was a special time and a special place, but I had the sense all the many depictions, portrayals, sketches and most especially the words of Franz Biberkopf and others could have also been from a bustling current day international metropolis, say London, New York or Los Angeles This to say, D blin s novel is as alive today for readers as it was back when Berliners gobbled it up when first published.And such crisp, colorful language There have been frequent comparisons to James Joyce s Ulysses a novel D blin greatly admired and stream of consciousness but if there is one aspect of Berlin Alexanderplatz I would like to stress it is this I never had the need to go back and reread any passage or bit of dialogue, nor, when listening, did I replay any part of the audio book the writing is that clear and accessible.So, what manner of man is Franz Biberkopf now that he s out of prison and returns to Berlin At one point, he s described as a slick dude hey, Franz is as hip as any hip hop artist Here s a passage that comes at a reader as part of one unending gush This Franz Biberkopf, previously cement worker, then furniture removal man and so forth, currently newspaper seller, weighs nigh on two hundredweight He has the strength of a cobra snake and has joined an athletics club again Decked out in green puttees, hobnail boots and a bomber jacket You won t find much money on him, it only comes to him in small amounts, but even so it s worth trying to get to know him For added flair, the narrator tosses in references from ancient Greek literature, figures such as Agamemnon, Telemachus, Helen Also, the Bible Adam, Eve, the Serpent, Job Not to mention, grizzly details of slaughterhouses The killing bays must be at the back, it s from there you hear smacking sounds, crashing, squealing, screaming, gurgling, grunting sounds There are big cauldrons there, which produce the steam Men dunk the dead beasts in the boiling water, scald them, pull them out nice and white, a man scrapes off the outer skin with a knife, making the animal still whiter and every part smooth Very mild and white, deeply contented as after a strenuous bath, a successful operation or massage, the pigs lie out on wooden trestles in rows, they don t move in their sated calm, and in their new white tunics They are all lying on their sides, on some you see the double row of tits, the number of breasts a sow has, they must be fertile animals But they all of them have a straight red slash across the throat, right in the middle, which looks deeply suspicious Of course, this passage brings to mind Germany in the not so distant future, the death camps following Adolf Hitler proclaimed Chancellor in 1933 There are references in the novel to the National Socialist Party and swastikas but swinging, freewheeling Berlin remained liberal, artistic and as free as a randy, decadent bird in the pages of Berlin Alexanderplatz.Not only will readers follow the fate of Franz but also many other men and women I purposely went light on the story s arc, curves and swerves by my eye, many reviewers reveal too much better to allow you the reader to discover what happens to Franz and others for yourself Since so much of the beauty and artistry of Alfred D blin s masterpiece is in the language, I ll end with Michael Hofmann s favorite passage on the song to the outgrowths of Berlin Suffer them to approach Suffer them to approach The great, flat plains, the lonely brick houses giving out a reddish light The towns all in a line, Frankfurt an der Oder, Guben, Sommerfield, Liegnitz, Breslau, the towns appear with their stations, the towns with their great and small streets Suffer them to approach, the cabs, the sliding, shooting cars What an intense jaunt I encourage you to hop in one of those sliding, shooting cars and travel to Berlin by way of Alfred D blin German born in 1957 poet and translator Michael HofmannGerman author Alfred D blin, 1878 1957 He swore to all the world and to himself that he would remain decent And as long as he had money, he remained decent But then he ran out of money, which was a moment he had been waiting for, to show them all what he was made of Alfred D blin, Berlin Alexanderplatz

  2. Vit Babenco says:

    I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth Revelation 17 3 5 Berlin Alexanderplatz is a doomsday story of human f I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth Revelation 17 3 5 Berlin Alexanderplatz is a doomsday story of human fates in the Babel at the end of times The protagonist leaves the prison and returns into the alienated capital city Suddenly he took a run up and he was sitting in the tram, with passengers all around him At first it felt like being at the dentist s, when the dentist has the offending tooth gripped in his pliers and is pulling, and it feels like your head will explode with the pain Berlin Alexanderplatz is probably the best ever written expressionistic novel it is grotesquely revelatory and strictly apocalyptic.The capital is swarming with people They are reading newspapers of differing political stripe, keeping their balance by means of the labyrinthine passages in their ears, breathing oxygen, dozing off or looking at each other they feel pain, feel no pain, make eye contact, make no eye contact, are happy, unhappy, are neither unhappy nor happy.The city is a huge boiling cauldron in which human destinies are being cooked Because when worms eat soil and make , they always eat the same stuff The creatures can t stop once they ve had a healthy breakfast, they need to stuff themselves the next day as well And it s the same way with people, and with fire it s hungry if it s burning, and when it can t eat, it goes out, that s the way of it.Bright lights, big city He, who lets a current to carry him, will be eventually caught by an undertow and will go under

  3. Lisa says:

    Main character Berlin As a foil, you get to know the criminal Franz Biberkopf, who tries his best to be honest He really does But he does not havetalent for life than Keith in London Fields, and even less talent at darts Also, he happens to be born into an era which could have made a better man fail And what could you possibly expect of Biberkopf then, not being a better man Not even good Or passable And Martin Amis I all of a sudden realise that you did not only steal the plot f Main character Berlin As a foil, you get to know the criminal Franz Biberkopf, who tries his best to be honest He really does But he does not havetalent for life than Keith in London Fields, and even less talent at darts Also, he happens to be born into an era which could have made a better man fail And what could you possibly expect of Biberkopf then, not being a better man Not even good Or passable And Martin Amis I all of a sudden realise that you did not only steal the plot from lovely Muriel Spark s The Driver s Seat, you stole the main character from Berlin Alexanderplatz, and just dressed it up and made it bigger, and changed some Kneipes into English pubs But what else could I expect Those are the times And that is how it works In stories featuring big criminals, the plots have to be stolen and dealt under the table as well Franz Biberkopf would have done the same As would Keith Talent And Sparks Lise would not have hesitated one single moment to grab hold of London or Berlin if she had needed either one of those cities to find her criminal I wish I had thought of Biberkopf when I read London Fields I would have loved it straight away And thanks Matt for bringing Berlin Alexanderplatz to my attention again It brought back memories that helped me like another book that kept poking at me with a dart Strange maze of books I am wandering through Like a big city full of opportunities, chance meetings and stories

  4. BlackOxford says:

    Digging Ourselves Out It s unlikely that any writer has beendescribed in terms of other writers preceding and following than Alfred D blin Joyce, Dostoevsky, Henry Miller, Bukowski, Martin Amis, Henry Fielding, Upton Sinclair, C line, Burgess, Smollett, Isherwood, dos Passos, and Conrad among others have been mentioned frequently as influences or being influenced It seems impossible to pin D blin down to a definite style or technique I find him an inspiration for William Gaddis s J Digging Ourselves Out It s unlikely that any writer has beendescribed in terms of other writers preceding and following than Alfred D blin Joyce, Dostoevsky, Henry Miller, Bukowski, Martin Amis, Henry Fielding, Upton Sinclair, C line, Burgess, Smollett, Isherwood, dos Passos, and Conrad among others have been mentioned frequently as influences or being influenced It seems impossible to pin D blin down to a definite style or technique I find him an inspiration for William Gaddis s JR, for example, in his stream of conversation Yet he is also unique in time and place Weimar Germany is in social chaos Work is hard to find, even before the Great Depression, especially for an ex con Pornography and the sex trade in general are thriving, despite the Victorian oraccurately the Wilheminic era blue laws The historical class structures are being undermined by the same residues of the Great War that are affecting Britain Politics has yet to work out its disastrous compromises, although the omens of the future are clear And in a perverse way Berlin, despite its status as a conquered capital city, is the centre of a new global culture Perhaps this is why D blin is so difficult to categorise or characterise In this one book is all of not just Western literature but also Western culture, a literary Mahler s Ninth Franz Biberkopf is the new Everyman, evenso than Leopold Bloom Bloom was up against tedium, boredom, and oppressive religion but at least Dublin was what it always had been Biberkopf s Berlin had no historical continuity It was the far side of the moon, waiting to be discovered by the rest of mankind This new world is non traditional It demands the abandonment of habits in order to survive Because the s of good behaviour have yet to be established, it feels like a prison in which a mis step can have lethal consequences Trial and error rather than best practice in everything from sex to career the anticipation of Viagra is startling So despite wanting to lead a life of stable conformity, such a thing is no longer possibleHe swore to all the world and to himself that he would remain decent And as long as he had money, he remained decent But then he ran out of money, which was a moment he had been waiting for, to show them all what he was made ofThis is the new man the player, the scammer, the inside trader, the mobster, the exploiter of loopholes, the corporate boss The entire foundation of social relations had been altered Sociologists may not see that for decades, and even then not very clearly But D blin captured the whole event in Biberkopf as he caroms around the streets of Berlin Almost a century later, it has become obvious to the rest of us how perceptive he was After his release from prison Biberkopf realises that the world had changed in his absenceI know I need to dig deeper, he says Indeed, don t we all

  5. Greta says:

    Berlin Alexanderplatz The German equivalent to James Joyce UlyseesBerlin Alexanderplatz is considered to be one of the most important and innovative works of the early 20th, with world wide recognition and on the top 100 lists Therefore I was eager to finally read this amazing book, which didn t dissapoint Franz Biberkopf in Rainer Wener Fassbinder s Berlin Alexanderplatz, television series It s 1929 in Berlin, when Franz Biberkopf is released from prison for homicide Out of jail he swears Berlin Alexanderplatz The German equivalent to James Joyce UlyseesBerlin Alexanderplatz is considered to be one of the most important and innovative works of the early 20th, with world wide recognition and on the top 100 lists Therefore I was eager to finally read this amazing book, which didn t dissapoint Franz Biberkopf in Rainer Wener Fassbinder s Berlin Alexanderplatz, television series It s 1929 in Berlin, when Franz Biberkopf is released from prison for homicide Out of jail he swears to become an honest man, but as life continues to fail him, he relapses Unable to extricate himself from the underworld into which he has sunk he must deal with misery, unemployment, lack of opportunities, crime and the imminent ascendency of Nazism Cheated, humiliated, mutilated embroiled in an underworld of pimps, thugs, drunks and prostitutes, Franz picks himself up over and over again, but only falls deeper Berlin 1923To add the context for the non German readers I feel like I need to explain that time This novel plays in the area of the German Weimarer Republik which marks the time between the first and Second World War, 1918 to 1933 The Weimar Republic faced numerous problems, including hyperinflation, political extremism, as well as contentious relationships with the victors of the First World War Resentment in Germany towards the Treaty of Versailles and it s agreement on war reparations towards the victors was strong, especially among the right political spectrum It was this situation, which drove Germany into a financial and social crisis, mass unemployment, hunger and political extremism Veterans without legs and pain medication were lying on the streets bagging for food and the infant mortality was the highest in Europe Be aware that this was the situation even before the Great Depression in 1929 Many wonder how Hitler could come to power in 1933 It was the Great Depression already hitting this extremely instabile situation, that allowed Nazism to spread Hitler picked up on the despair, promised employment and spread hate towards jews and the victors of the First World War, making them responsible for their suffering.Meanwhile the novel doesn t completely miss out on the golden twenties either In Germany it only lead to a small and very short economic spike in 1926 27, but art and culture spread non the less It was the time during which dance theaters, drinking, music, pornography and the sex trade in general were thriving, despite the Wilheminic era of blue laws Berlin 1929It s this area in which the novel dives into, with the problems of the Weimar Republic but before the Great Depression During the cultural spike, while having extremely high crime rates, with a character that is rough and extremely violent, but also kind hearted and naive It s very easy to abuse him for political propaganda or involve him in crimes, without him being political, antisemitic or even aware of his actions Still he is the one always paying the price, while the initiators walk free The consequences he suffers becomeandsevere, leaving him severely disabled He had good intentions and not the criminal motivation you would expect, but is pushed into circumstances that make it almost impossible for him to ever make an honest living While being a criminal without question, it s hard to not sympathize with him at times Alfred D blinAlthough its narrative style is sometimes compared to that of James Joyce s, it has many discrepancies as well and remains it s own innovation It combines all traits of criminal novel, social commentary, love story, development, tension and sarcasm The German original massively switches between languages, from the proletarian slang of Berlin s criminals, German bureaucracy, wise jews, military songs, classic poetry and irritated doctors, which is why I urge you to get a good translation Alfred D blin was a jewish socialist writer and psychiatrist which lead him to flew from Germany in 1933 and Berlin Alexanderplatz was burned Wandering in Weimar Purgatory Brutal and prophetic, anything but boring I m glad I filled that void

  6. Jaidee says:

    2016 Book I was Most Afraid To Hate I just don t have it in me I dipped into this book for two months and only got to 13 %.I cannot do it I immensely dislike this book despite it being a modern classic I am going to cut my losses and consider it my Infinite Jest of 2016 2016 Book I was Most Afraid To Hate I just don t have it in me I dipped into this book for two months and only got to 13 %.I cannot do it I immensely dislike this book despite it being a modern classic I am going to cut my losses and consider it my Infinite Jest of 2016

  7. Hanneke says:

    My admiration for Alfred Doblin s Berlin Alexanderplatz is boundless I feel that I have to let the novel sink in a bitbefore I can write a review.

  8. K.D. Absolutely says:

    This book is said to be one of the required readings for high school students in Germany When it was published in 1929, it became a monstrous hit and the book s popularity has been sustained all these years.Reason this is the first German book that used the stream of consciousness style of James Joyce This was also one of the reasons why I tried hard to first read Ulysses serialized from 1918 to 1920 prior to cracking this one up I found this easier to read despite the fact that I used a g This book is said to be one of the required readings for high school students in Germany When it was published in 1929, it became a monstrous hit and the book s popularity has been sustained all these years.Reason this is the first German book that used the stream of consciousness style of James Joyce This was also one of the reasons why I tried hard to first read Ulysses serialized from 1918 to 1920 prior to cracking this one up I found this easier to read despite the fact that I used a guide book while reading Ulysses. I think the reason was that the English translation of Eugene Jolas is justreadable Although, just like Ulysses, also not always understandable Honestly, I think I only understood 3 4 of what the author, Alfred Doblin 1878 1957 was trying to tell But, still like Ulysses, I guess it does not really matter The reason is that this modernist work, does not want to be fully understood since it is multi layered with its internal rather than external as in most contemporary books conflicts 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 Just like in some hypothetical questions, there are just no right and wrong answers.However, the gist is something like this and please do correct me if I got anything incorrect because as I said, I only understood 3 4 of it Frank Biberkopf is an ex convict case manslaughter When he steps out from prison, Nazism is on the rise in Germany Frank wants to have a decent life as he sees his release as his second life He tries on several jobs only to experience the harsh realities because Berlin at the time is unforgiving for ex convicts like him He loses his arm from a foiled robbery, he becomes a pimp, he is framed for murder by his friend turned foe Reinhold but because he is not bad looking he also falls in love at one time 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 what he feels outside I felt that claustrophobic atmosphere while reading the book The irony of that feeling when you seem to be inside a prison when in fact you are living free in an outside world is very evident.I think this book deserves a 5 star rating The only problem is that it is hard to understand Maybe it is easy to understand if it is read by a German in German language However, my advice to those who want to read this in English is to just keep on reading 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 However, there are many beautifully arresting passages that will keep you interested At some point, extremely interested Reading this is like listening to conversations where the participants are pouring their thoughts out no holds barred It reminded me of the time when I was in still living in our hometown located in a Pacific island 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 They sang, the debated, they laughed in total abandon They discussed a lot of different interesting topics and since they had too much to drink, they had the tendency to say their innermost thoughts some of them very interesting, some were mundane, some were really nonsense There were times that they even had our local priest Catholic with them and the priest could be an rowdy as my father and his friends As they say, sometimes you will know the real person, once he or she gets real drunk The fish is caught by its mouth.This book is like that The characters are mouthing their innermost thoughts and since it was Berlin at the time of Hitler s rise, some of what they were saying could cause their lives or reveal what they really think about their religion as told in the Bible So, some of them contained those in their minds but Doblin let you hear them This for me, made this book very interesting Also, if you want to know how was it to live in Alexanderplatz downtown Berlin in the 1920s, this book is for you The place is pictured here as dark and discriminatory and yet we all love European cities no matter in which century they were Europe was the old world and the center of art, music and yes, classic literature Since I am interested on that, I kept on reading I am happy I did

  9. Jan-Maat says:

    I starting reading at a slow pace and then slowed down further at times wondering what was going on, then the last third I read in about two days I was going so slow that it seemed embarrassing even to post updates as I read In short I read as a potato sits in a cookingpot, not by my own volition but as though controlled by the invisible hand turning the gas up or down.Berlin Alexanderplatz I felt was a curiously old fashioned modernist work, the authorial voice commenting on the fate and futu I starting reading at a slow pace and then slowed down further at times wondering what was going on, then the last third I read in about two days I was going so slow that it seemed embarrassing even to post updates as I read In short I read as a potato sits in a cookingpot, not by my own volition but as though controlled by the invisible hand turning the gas up or down.Berlin Alexanderplatz I felt was a curiously old fashioned modernist work, the authorial voice commenting on the fate and future of the main character Franz Biberkopf put me in mind of The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, the story, such as it is naturally suggested the Die Dreigroschenoper not in its details but in it s attitudes and tone, but also Hogarth prints like Marriage a la Mode or the Rake s Progress, even that medieval piece of theatre Everyman.So a morality tale and perhaps this is entirely coincidental but the novel is divided into nine books just as in Dante Hell has nine circles , in a modern setting a map story perhaps, imagine a map of the Berlin public transport system in the late 1920s, our main character, Franz Biberkopf is a simple kind of man, he sits on a tram and rides to the end of the line and never knows quite why, as the tram bumbles along we pass the hustle and bustle of a modern great city perceived as the backdrop to an ancient morality fable, man throws himself upon the great Whore of Babylon to the end of the line remember The City eats people, it chews them up, it you escape broken, injured and transformed you re in luck, most ride that tram directly into their own grave Few are those like Marshal Pi sudski who manage to get off at the appropriate stop.We don t experience this morality tale in a direct way, so the novel starts with Franz Biberkopf s release from prison, but it is about a hundred pages before we find out why he was in prison in the first place it does not matter this is a book that we experience as we experience city life travelling on public transport as we gaze through the window we see adverts, life, crowds, ambulances, and police cars, so here we shift abruptly from stream of consciousness point of view to different stream of consciousness point of view to the author addressing the reader, from share prices, to boxing matches, from the slaughter house to the story of Job, is Job s story the universal one Franz s and ours Arbitrary suffering until one submits to the Will of God We are the machines that find meaning, the author invents the novel as a device to share images so we feel the dislocation and fluidity of modern city life Ultimately the author sought refuge in Catholicism along with Fascism and Communism one of the three certainties of the age, that was the meaning he needed in his life For the rest of us buy a ticket from the conductor and ride to the end of the line and watch the jazzy spectacle of Big City life, it is much funnier than I have made it sound view spoiler an easy task you may admit hide spoiler.The Slaughterhouse invites comparison with The Jungle, in which the slaughterhouse seems to me to stand as a metaphor for Chicago society at the beginning of the 20th century ruthlessly exploiting and requiring innocent immigrants who can be fleeced, squeezed and exploited and will put up with anything on account of their naive dreams and hopes of a better life in the USA D blin seems to use the Slaughterhouse to represent not a human system of exploitation, but something evenfatalistic this is what life on Earth is like you might be a beast being led to slaughter, or you might be one of those leading beasts to slaughter, there is no choice, you simply are in one of those two groups, the only course of action is to be like Job or Abraham and submit to the Will of God, yet at the same time we see that the main character is unconsciously admittedly without much will power he gets on the tram and rides to the end of the line, his domestic violence seems to emerge because of a lack of self knowledge or self control rather than conscious volition, he is throughout rather bestial good natured, but essentially reactive and dependent on others.As I learnt from Peter Gay s book Weimar Culture The outsider as insider, Berlin Alexanderplatz was a product of the relatively creamy, comfortable years of the Weimar republic, but I feel it is an anti Republican novel fatalistic, the people require a good shepherd, they are not capable of thinking and looking after themselves in a responsible or a social manner, but perhaps that is too pessimistic a response to D blin s novel, and the novel is always an authoritatan format

  10. Paul Bryant says:

    A hundred years ago there was a craze for giant plotless novels that tried to slice through an entire city or even country and look down at the thousands of humans milling around like badly dressed ants and itemise them all These huge novels Ulysses by Jimmy Joyce, U.S.A by Johnny Dos Passos, The Waste Land by Tommy Eliot not a novel but the same kind of thing use newspaper clippings, adverts, random dialogue, doggerel, children s rhymes, radio announcements, political proclamations, Greek A hundred years ago there was a craze for giant plotless novels that tried to slice through an entire city or even country and look down at the thousands of humans milling around like badly dressed ants and itemise them all These huge novels Ulysses by Jimmy Joyce, U.S.A by Johnny Dos Passos, The Waste Land by Tommy Eliot not a novel but the same kind of thing use newspaper clippings, adverts, random dialogue, doggerel, children s rhymes, radio announcements, political proclamations, Greek myths they love those and anything and everything to collage mash together ALL OF MODERN LIFE in a frantic attempt to mirror the stressed out psychological dissociativeness and allround bonkers quality of how we live NOW multivalent as opposed to how we lived THEN linearly This large and enormously impressive novel Berlin Alexanderplatz is one of those If you re serious about literature you have to like this one, it s an acknowledged masterpiece so get with the program, and I am impressed that many goodreaders proclaim their love for this massive stodge of tiresome detail, dull unattributed conversation and rancid behavior the guy we are following, Franz Biberkopf, has just done a 4 year stretch for beating his girlfriend to death an act described as some stupid stuff But as a serial abandoner of great literature, you may be assured that I could not finish it, so it got chucked on the pile that already contains The Man who Loved Children, Sentimental Education, The Naked and the Dead, The Adventures of Augie March and of course Miss Macintosh My Darling amongst many other lesser works Sometimes you come across stuff and you says to yourself that there Mona Lisa is a great painting, I know that, it s obvious enough, but she gets on my nerves, I don t have to like it So I do says that Berlin Alexanderplatz is a hell of a novel, probably a great novel, but I didn t like it Note on UlyssesThis is not Alfred Doblin s fault at all, but some of his fans say that this novel is like Ulysses when it really isn t It s somewhat like the stream of consciousness sections of Ulysses, but they are a small part of Ulysses But even then, Mr Doblin doesn t really do much stream of consciousness either, he does stream of conversation Perhapsaccurately described as stream of inane blathering

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