Alfred Döblin

Hamlet oder Die lange Nacht nimmt ein Ende

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In his masterful Hamlet novel, Alfred Döblin tells the story of the English soldier Edward Allison, who returns to his parents’ home from the war, severely wounded. His incessant neurotic question on the purpose of the war brings to light the family’s great lie, leading to a battle for life and death until the ‘long night of the lie’ is finally over... Unlike in his earlier historical works, this last of Döblin’s great novels does not present a comprehensive panorama of the epoch. Instead, he uses a family story as a mirror for political history: war and violence, Döblin was convinced, will exist for as long as we fail to acknowledge our own inner depths. And telling stories is one way to do so.

’In Hamlet, Döblin once again brings together his most important themes such as identity, guilt and responsibility, the battle of the sexes, etc., masterfully playing with the achievements of literary modernism.’
Gabriele Sander, Kindlers Literatur Lexikon

About Alfred Döblin

Alfred Döblin, born in Stettin in 1878, opened a medical practice in Berlin in 1911. Döblin’s first major novel was published by S. Fischer in 1915/16. His greatest success was the novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, also S. Fischer, published in 1929. In 1933 Döblin emigrated to France and from there to the USA. After 1945 he initially returned to Germany but then moved to Paris with his family in 1953. Alfred Döblin died on 26 June 1957.

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