Novel by alfred doblin published in 1929 it appeared in english under the original title and as alexanderplatz berlin it tells the story of franz biberkopf a berlin proletarian who tries to rehabilitate himself after his release from jail but undergoes a series of vicissitudes many of them violent and squalid before he can finally attain a normal life. Bright magic stories by alfred dblin two years before his death alfred dblin author of seventeen novels and a dozen volumes of stories essays and memoirs complained whenever they mentioned my name they always followed it with berlin alexanderplatz that there are worse fates a writer could suffer is a fitting rejoinder in the . Berlin alexanderplatz the great novel of berlin and the doomed weimar republic is one of the great books of the twentieth century gruesome farcical and appalling word drunk pitchdark in michael hofmanns extraordinary new translation alfred dblins masterpiece lives in english for the first time as dblin writes in the opening pages
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