In Michael Hofmann's extraordinary new translation, Alfred Döblin's masterpiece lives in English for the first time. But Berlin Alexanderplatz transcends its genre elements, largely because of Döblin's deep lack of hope about what can be expected of human beings. (Döblin was also a practicing physician, which may have informed his clinical view of the average Berliner.) A thriller must be suspenseful, but there is... Moritz Grove about Berlin Alexanderplatz.
Berlin Alexanderplatz. Die Geschichte vom Franz Biberkopf.