Alfred Döblin


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Bruno Alfred Döblin (August 10, 1878–June 26, 1957) was a German novelist, essayist, and doctor, best known for his novel Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929). A prolific writer whose œuvre spans more than half a century and a wide variety of literary movements and styles, Döblin is one of the most important figures of German literary modernism. His complete works comprise over a dozen novels ranging in ... more »

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  • ''My books, at any rate, deserved to be burned.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. Letter, May 23, 1935, to Thomas Mann, Letters, ed. Heinz Gr...
  • ''And if you ask again whether there is any justice in the world, you'll have to be satisfied with the reply: Not for the time being; at any rate, not up to this Friday.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by Eugene Jolas. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 6 (1929).
  • ''Now the twitching stops. Now you are still. We are through with physiology and theology, physics begins.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by Eugene Jolas. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 4 (1929).
  • ''But the main things about a man are his eyes and his feet. He should be able to see the world and go after it.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by Eugene Jolas. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 1 (1929).
  • ''Franz now peddles racist newspapers. He is not against the Jews, but he is for law and order. For law and order must reign in Paradise; which everyone should recognize.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by Eugene Jolas. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 2 (1929).
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