Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf

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F. Ungar Publishing Company, 1983 - Alexanderplatz (Berlin, Germany) - 635 pages
The story concerns a murderer, Franz Biberkopf, fresh from prison. 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. He must deal with misery, lack of opportunities, crime and the imminent ascendency of Nazism. During his struggle to survive against all odds, life rewards him with an unsuspected surprise but his happiness will not last as the story continues.

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I read this after seeing Burhan Qurbani’s 2020 movie version, where he updates the story to contemporary Berlin and makes the hero an illegal migrant from Guinea-Bissau. I had some difficulty ... Read full review

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A wonderful book, in a lovely translation; Hofmann has clearly read a bit of Joyce back into Doblin's prose, but that's just fine by me (trigger warning: if you get upset when characters in books use ... Read full review

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First Book
3
Second Book
49
Third Book
131
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About the author (1983)

Novelist, playwright, poet, essayist, Alfred Doblin was one of the most prolific writers of his time. He was also a practicing physician in Berlin's working-class district of Alexanderplatz. His novel of this name (1930) is considered his best work, and represents, in its montage technique, Doblin's experimental attitude toward prose writing. Doblin fled the Nazi regime in 1933 and lived for a while in the United States. Later, he became a French citizen and a convert to the Roman Catholic Church.

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