Alfred Döblin


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  • ''Much unhappiness comes from walking alone. When there are several, it's somewhat different. I must get into the habit of listening to others, for what the others say concerns me, too.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. Alexanderplatz, Berlin, bk. 9 (1929).
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  • ''You had to have seen the corpses lying there in front of the school—the men with their caps covering their faces—to know the meaning of class hatred and the spirit of revenge.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "First Glance Back," 1928, Autobiographical Writings, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1986). On the government's bloody suppression of a workers' uprising in Berlin, March 1919.
  • ''Cultivate your Futurism. I'll cultivate my Döblinism.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "Futuristic Verbal Technique: Open Letter to F.T. Marinetti," March 1913, Works on Aesthetics, Poetics and Literature, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1989).
  • ''No country is so peaceful as the one that leads into death. Life arches above one's head like a bridgespan, and below it flows the water, carries the boat, takes it further.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "On Heavenly Mercy," 1914, Stories of Five Decades, ed. Edgar Pässler (1979).
  • ''The cities are the principal home and seat of the human group. They are the coral colony for Man, the collective being.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "The Spirit of the Naturalistic Age," 1924, Works on Aesthetics, Poetics and Literature, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1989).
  • ''One encounters very capable fathers abashed by their piano-playing daughters. Three measures of Schumann make them red with embarrassment.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "The Spirit of the Naturalistic Age," 1924, Works on Aesthetics, Poetics and Literature, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1989).
  • ''Writing is not chewing your nails and picking your teeth, but a matter of public interest.''
    Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "To Novelists and Their Critics: Berlin Program," May 1913, Works on Aesthetics, Poetics and Literature, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1989).

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