The offending tooth ripped 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 rotesuely revelatory and strictly apocalypticThe capital is swarming with peopleThey 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 happyThe 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 oes out that s the way of itBright lights big city He who lets a current to carry him will be eventually caught by an undertow and will Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question go under A shocking novel A disturbing novel A brutal novelAnd if you click into the novel s ironichumoroussatiric vibe set in the years when Berlin was Europe s most liberal city featuring avantarde 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 speedOh the picaresue 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 I vet by the name of Franz Biberkopf fresh from Tegel Penitentiary where he served four years for sending his sweetheart to an early rave by way of years for sending his sweetheart to an early rave by way of her skull and inflicting an assortment of other nasty injuriesAlfred 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 ualities 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 weeks but that was 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 EnglishActually it s Michael Hofmann s observations on language I found most helpful and for ood 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 Ang. Egorie sorprende ogni volta che lo si rilegge Nelle sue pagine c'è così tanta energia che sembra scritto domani Anche per uesto la storia di Franz Biberko. .
I starting reading at a slow pace and then slowed down
*further at times *at times what was oing on then the last third I read in about two days I was oing 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 byas a potato sits in a cookingpot not by my own volition but as though controlled by invisible hand turning the as up or downBerlin 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 EverymanSo 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 uite why as the tram bumbles along we pass the hustle and bustle of a modern Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture great city perceived as the backdrop to an ancient morality fable man throws himself upon thereat 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 Edge of Venomverse grave Few are those like Marshal Pi sudski who manage toet off at the appropriate stopWe 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 aze 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 along with Fascism and Communism one of 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 My admiration for Alfred Doblin s Berlin Alexanderplatz is boundless I feel that I have to let the novel sink in a bit before I can write a review I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast full of names of blasphemy having seven heads and ten hornsAnd the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour and decked with old and precious stones and pearls having a olden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornicationAnd upon her forehead was a name written Mystery Babylon the Great the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth Revelation 173 5 Berlin Alexanderplatz is a doomsday story of human fates in the Babel at the end of timesThe protagonist leaves the prison and returns into the alienated capital citySuddenly 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. In uesto libro ineguagliabile epico e insieme espressionista c'è tutta Berlino com'era sul finire degli anni Venti Ma Berlin Alexanderplatz sfugge alle cat. ,
Alfred Döblin ☆ 7 REVIEWEles This to say D blin s novel is as alive today for readers as it was back when Berliners obbled it up when first publishedAnd such crisp colorful language There have been freuent comparisons to James Joyce s Ulysses a novel D blin Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine 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 too 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 accessibleSo 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 Hereas any hip hop artist here a passage that comes at a Here a passage that comes at a as part of one unending Blue Guide 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 inreen 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 et 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 rizzly details of slaughterhouses The killing bays must be at the back it s from there you hear smacking sounds crashing suealing screaming Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare gurglingrunting 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 AlexanderplatzNot 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 *Franz and others for yourself Since so much of the beauty and artistry of Alfred 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 Island Girls (and Boys) great flat plains the lonely brick housesiving 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 Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier 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. Pf il cobra appena uscito di prigione e terrorizzato all'idea di essere nuovamente libero resta unica di una bellezza disperata e assoluta Giuseppe Culicchi.