Alfred Döblin


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ISBN: 978-3-596-90465-5


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ISBN 978-3-596-90465-5


‘Tatsachenphantasie’ – factual imagination – is what Döblin demanded of the modern novel. And if there is one novel in literary modernism driven by this unbridled, boundless factual imagination, it is Döblin’s Wallenstein from the year 1920. With its opulent and shocking images of the Thirty Years’ War, the novel not only reflects the contemporary madness of the First World War, but also looks ahead to the barbarism yet to come.

The terrible events of this time – the battles and sieges, the flooding armies and tides of refugees, the triumph and misery of the princes and generals, the major figures’ struggle for power and the nameless suffering of the people, the figures of Maximilian of Bavaria, Kaiser Ferdinand, Wallenstein or Tilly – add up to a brightly-hued historical tapestry, and like a waterfall of characters and events, the tragedy of an age flows past the reader. Its incredibly powerful language makes Döblin’s Wallenstein one of the most memorable works of modern literature.

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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