Berlin Alexanderplatz

Alfred Döblin

Excellent 1929 novel which is often referred to as the German Ulysses: its author shares with Joyce an enthusiasm for all registers of language, from trashy advertisements to the Bible, but it’s got much more of a knockabout picaresque feel and is much more interested in character and storytelling. I’m going to track down the Fassbinder miniseries when I get a chance.

Worth following up if you like Brecht and/or Weill, Pynchon, Russell Hoban, expressionism, politics, black comedy, drunkenness, crime, Fassbinder, or even if you are sick to death of hearing about the Weimar Republic.

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