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Berlin Alexanderplatz

(1929)
A novel by

 
 
The great novel of 1920s Berlin life, in a new translation by Michael Hofmann, translator of Alone in Berlin

Franz Biberkopf is back on the streets of Berlin. Determined to go straight after a stint in prison, he finds himself thwarted by an unpredictable external agency that looks an awful lot like fate. Cheated, humiliated, thrown from a moving car; embroiled in an underworld of pimps, thugs, drunks and prostitutes, Franz picks himself up over and over again - until one day he is struck a monstrous blow which might just prove his final downfall.

A dazzling collage of newspaper reports, Biblical stories, drinking songs and urban slang, Berlin Alexanderplatz is the great novel of Berlin life: inventing, styling and recreating the city as reality and dream; mimicking its movements and rhythms; immortalizing its pubs, abattoirs, apartments and chaotic streets. From the gutter to the stars, this is the whole picture of the city.

Berlin Alexanderplatz brought fame in 1929 to its author Alfred Doblin, until then an impecunious writer and doctor in a working-class neighbourhood in the east of Berlin. Success at home was short-lived, however; Doblin, a Jew, left Germany the day after the Reichstag Fire in 1933, and did not return until 1945. This landmark translation by Michael Hofmann is the first to do justice to Berlin Alexanderplatz in English, brilliantly capturing the energy, prodigality and inventiveness of Doblin's masterpiece.



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Hardback Editions

April 1974 : UK Hardback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
ISBN: 0-436-12980-9 / 978-0-436-12980-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
ISBN: 0-14-119162-7 / 978-0-14-119162-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
ISBN: 0-14-119161-9 / 978-0-14-119161-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
ISBN: 1-68137-199-5 / 978-1-68137-199-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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October 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf (Continuum Impacts)
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
ISBN: 0-8264-7789-5 / 978-0-8264-7789-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Continuum
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February 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
ISBN: 0-8264-1487-7 / 978-0-8264-1487-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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March 1999 : Paperback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
ISBN: 8423326810 / 978-8423326815
Publisher: Destino Ediciones
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1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
ISBN: 0-8044-6121-X / 978-0-8044-6121-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
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1978 : UK Paperback
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf
Author(s): Alfred (Eugene Jolas, trans ) Doblin
ISBN: 0-14-004502-3 / 978-0-14-004502-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin, Hammondsworth, UK
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Kindle Editions

March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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February 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz (Penguin Classics)
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
Publisher: Penguin
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December 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Author(s): Alfred Doblin
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