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Berlin Alexanderplatz

(1929)
A novel by

 
 
The inspiration for Rainer Werner Fassbinder's epic film and that The Guardian named one of the "Top 100 Books of All Time," Berlin Alexanderplatz is considered one of the most important works of the Weimar Republic and twentieth century literature.

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 Hofmann's extraordinary new translation, Alfred Doblin's masterpiece lives in English for the first time.

As Doblin writes in the opening pages:

The subject of this book is the life of the former cement worker and haulier Franz Biberkopf in Berlin. As our
story begins, he has just been released from prison, where he did time for some stupid stuff; now he is back
in Berlin, determined to go straight.

To begin with, he succeeds. But then, though doing all right for himself financially, he gets involved in a
set-to with an unpredictable external agency that looks an awful lot like fate.

Three times the force attacks him and disrupts his scheme. The first time it comes at him with dishonesty and deception. Our man is able to get to his feet, he is still good to stand.

Then it strikes him a low blow. He has trouble getting up from that, he is almost counted out. And finally it hits him with monstrous and extreme violence.



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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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