Themes in Döblin’s Epics: Read Online 9

Themes in Döblin’s Epics: Read Online THEME 9: MAJESTIES Whether satirising or sympathising, Döblin always paints his royal figures as human beings rather than remote idols. In these excerpts we meet a powerful emperor unsure if he is up to the job, a megalomaniac, a...

Themes in Döblin’s Epics: Read Online 7

Themes in Döblin’s Epics: Read Online THEME 7: STATE VISITS Throughout his works, Döblin has a penetrating eye for political power and the pretensions of status. The first excerpt lampoons the minor royalty of the Holy Roman Empire (despotic within its realm, helpless...

Themes in Döblin’s Epics: Read Online 5

Themes in Döblin’s Epics: Read Online 5 THEME 5: EXILE   Though unimpressed by religious Judaism, Döblin’s fascination with the theme of exile frequently surfaces in his fictions. These two excerpts, one written fifteen years before he had to flee Germany, the other...