Berge Meere und Giganten
Encyclopaedic and visionary, Berge Meere und Giganten tells the story of a war-torn human civilisation and its destruction of nature up to the 27th century. The future political world that Döblin creates is divided into two large totalitarian power blocs, locked in the ‘Urals War’.
The climax is an expedition to Greenland to discover new space for human settlements. Fiery masses harvested from Icelandic volcanoes melt the ice of Greenland. But from under the ice emerge huge primeval animals, awakening to new life and threatening the entire human race. Only biotechnology-generated ‘giants’ can hold the monstrous beasts in check.
In content and language, Döblin’s novel is an expressionist masterpiece, impressively uniting all the trends of the time.
‘Next to Berge Meere und Giganten, 1001 predictions for the future and contemporary novels look narrow-minded, prosaic, simply pre-Döblin.’
Ulrich Holbein, Frankfurter Rundschau
About Alfred Döblin
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