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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Ultimately, Franz has to “look upon it his life. Jolas, the editor of the literary magazine transition, was the first publisher of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake and other signal works of the modernist period.

Alezanderplatz 29, K. What reasons are there for a reasonably intelligent person to watch that crap?

Keep your eyes open, Franz. But as little as I know about translation, binerkopf seems an excellent one. He tries on several jobs only to experience the harsh realities because Berlin at the time is unforgiving for ex-convicts like him.

Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Contents Foreword by Alexander Stephan. This book is said to be one of the required readings for high school students in Bfrlin.

A short chapter near the beginning whisks you through a seemingly mundane description of every building and its inhabitants on a Berlin city block. As would Keith Talent! He tells a better story. Like a big city – full of opportunities, chance meetings and stories.


For the railway station, see Berlin Alexanderplatz station. Common terms and phrases ain’t Anklam anyway beat Berlin better boom booze cafe Cilly cognac comes courtyard damned dead door drink everything eyes face fat Toni fellow fool Franz Biberkopf Franzeken Fraulein Freienwalde front funny Gerner girl give Go ahead goes goin gone gotta hand happened happy head Herbert hold jackass Karl keep knock laugh legs Liiders Lina listen look lying Meck Meek Mieze mouth neck Neukolln nice night Nope nothin once papers peddlin pfennigs police prison pull Pums Reichstag Reinhold Reinickendorf Rosenthaler Salvation Army scarlet colored screams sing sitting somethin Sonia stand starts Stettin Strasse street street-car stuff talk tarara Tegel tell Terah there’s thing tinner wait walk wanta watch Weissensee West Prussia what’ll what’s the matter Whatcha woman Y’know Zannovich.

I found the digressions and multiple layers of thematic progression fascinating, but in my opinion some tightening up toward the end, say about 50 to 75 pages cut out of Reinhold especially would have helped quite a bit. Associated with the Expressionist literary movement in Germany, he is now recognized as on of the most important modern European novelists.

Don’t wear no armbands, don’t be a joiner. Retrieved from ” https: For me it also provided an insight about what the oft-quoted “Mozart in a supermarket” of Marcuse and similar notions of Adorno and Benjamin has been about: The book starts with Franz’s release from prison after seven years for manslaughtering his girl. I do actually feel my use of the language has suffered substantially after three weeks with Biberkopf and his uncouth pals.


I’m not surprised to find it in the latter, given the outrageous sexism that pervades all of Philip K Dick’s writings. Europe was the old world and the center of art, music and yes, classic literature. View all 36 comments.

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If ya gotta load or unload, go to the white zone. Just recently I came across the same uncommon idea twice in succession, in two wildly different novels from very different times and places.

Refresh and try again. It’s been like forty years. I reserve the right to edit this and change my rating at a later date upon further reflection!

Berlin Alexanderplatz

This also includes the city of Berlin. Doblin is mentioned a lot, both as a favorite author of Archimboldi and as having a big influence on Bolano himself.

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I didn’t love him. Doblin just goes on and on and sometimes you don’t know who, among alexnaderplatz present characters in the scene, is talking since the spoken parts, enclosed in quotes, are without references to their owners. And I remove another point for the sudden appearance of a perfectly clear plot. Finally started in on its pages a few weeks ago and now am finally done.