Alfred Döblin


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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 Graber (1970). Explaining why he declined to speak at a protest of the Nazi book burning.
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  • ''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).
  • ''You shouldn't be a big shot about your fate. I'm an enemy of Destiny, I'm not a Greek, I'm a Berliner.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 2 (1929).
  • ''The world is made of sugar and dirt.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 9 (1929).
  • ''The German Reich is a Republic, and whoever doesn't believe it gets one in the neck.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by Eugene Jolas. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 6 (1929).
  • ''So I will not go on shouting as once I did: Fate, Fate! It's no use revering it merely as Fate, we must look at it, grasp it, and destroy it.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by Eugene Jolas. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 9 (1929).
  • ''The way leads to freedom, to freedom it goes. The old world must crumble. Awake, wind of dawn!''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 9 (1929).

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