Snacking on Döblin's prose

Themed tasters from the Epics 'Beyond Alexanderplatz'

Döblin’s epics come as massive slabs of brainfare – doorstoppers up to 900 pages long. Most readers would like to work up to such a challenge in easy stages, with some foreknowledge of the writer, his style, his concerns… Here at Beyond Alexanderplatz we aim to offer tasty morsels from the main banquet, in a pleasant setting of beguiling and instructive background information.

BACK HOMEMORE EPICS

We shall post here a growing series of Themed Excerpts from Döblin’s writings, either bringing together from different works selected passages which share a common theme, or highlighting a single notable self-contained passage. The Themed Excerpts are available for download as PDFs, or for reading online. Consider these your Starter Platter menu! After reading, you may have an urge to move on to the banquet!

 

1. Love Stories. Download (pdf 950KB, 19 pages)  or Read online.

a) ‘Diuva’, from Mountains Oceans Giants Part 9
b) ‘How Savitri found Manas’, from Manas Part 1
c) ‘Tiye and Guaricote’, from The Land without Death Part 1

 

2. Alienated Bodies. Download  (pdf 1.05MB, 19 pages)  or Read online.

a) ‘The Bastard Mansfeld’, from Wallenstein Part 3
b) ‘Time of True Humanity’, from Mountains Oceans Giants Part 8
c) ‘Ambrosius Alfinger’, from The Land without Death Part 2
d) ‘The Extra’, from A New Jungle Part 1

 

3. Synthetic Food, from Mountains Oceans Giants.  Download (pdf 570KB, 16 pages)  or  Read online.

a) ‘Meki’, from Part 2
b) ‘The first impacts’, from Part 2
c) ‘Degeneration’, from Part 5
d) ‘Awareness’, from part 5

 

4. Sermons. Download  (pdf 820KB, 16 pages)   or Read online

a) ‘A recruiting sermon’, from Wallenstein Part 3
b) ‘A court sermon’, from Wallenstein Part 4
c) ‘The priest of Shiva’, from Manas Part 3
d) ‘Sermon in the Forest’, from The Land without Death Part 3

 

5. Exile. Download (pdf 815KB, 15 pages)  or Read online

a) ‘Exodus to Saxony’, from Wallenstein Part 2
b) ‘Cuzumarra’, from The Land without Death Part 1

 

6.  Spirits and Demons. Download (pdf 985KB, 16 pages)  or Read online.

a) ‘A circus’, from Wallenstein Part 4
b) ‘Fugitives from Hell’, from Wallenstein Part 4
c) ‘Demons’, from Manas Part 1
d) ‘The Spider’s Web’, from The Land without Death Part 3

 

7. State Visits. Download (pdf 985KB, 22 pages) or Read online

a) ‘The Count of Pfalz-Neuburg’, from Wallenstein Part 1
b) ‘State Visit to Yapeyu’, from The Blue Tiger Part 4

 

8.  Performances. Download (pdf 1MB, 14 pages)  or Read online

a) ‘A Boxing Match’, from Wallenstein Part 4
b) ‘The Lion and the Jackal’, from Mountains Oceans Giants Part 5
c) ‘Two Dances on the Amazon’, from The Land without Death Part 1

 

9. Majesties. Download (pdf 900KB, 19 pages)  or Read online

a) ‘Doctor Jonas’, from Wallenstein Part 1
b) Melise of Bordeaux, from Mountains Oceans Giants Part 1
c) The Zipa, from Land without Death Part 2
d) I the King, from The Blue Jaguar Part 3
e) Ferdinand the Somnolent, from The Blue Jaguar Part 5

 

10.  Nature. Download (pdf 820KB, 15 pages)  or Read online.

a) War and Pestilence, from Wallenstein Part 1
b) The Desert, from Mountains Oceans Giants Part 1
c) Billows of Oxygen Nitrogen, from Mountains Oceans Giants Part 5
d) Sweet Wilderness, from Mountains Oceans Giants Part 8
e) Two excerpts from Manas Part 2 and Part 3
f) The Amazon, from The Land without Death Part 1
g) Turtles, from The Land without Death Part 2
h) On the Parana, from The Blue Jaguar part 4

 

The complete translation of the Amazonas trilogy is available as pdf downloads here. We’re working to make it available for online reading.

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