Tells the story of Franz Biberkopt, who, on being released from prison is confronted with the proverty, unemployment, crime and burgeoning Nazism of 1920s Germany. As Franz struggles to survive in this world, fate teases him with a little pleasure before cruelly turning on him.
Alfred Doblin, born in Germany in 1878, was a physician and a prolific writer. he lived and practiced in the working class district of Alexanderplatz for over twenty years, until the rise of Nazism drove him to the United States in 1933. He returned to Europe after the war. Virtually ignored for years, Doblin's books are all back in print as a new generation discovers him.