StoriesBook - 2016
Alfred Doblin was a titan of modern German literature. This collection of stories--astonishingly, the first collection of his stories ever published in English--shows him to have been equally adept in shorter forms. Included in its entirety is Doblin's first book, The Murder of a Buttercup, a work of savage brilliance and a landmark of literary expressionism. Mortality roams the streets of nineteenth-century Manhattan, with a white borzoi and a quiet smile. A ballerina duels to the death with the stupid childish body she is bound to. We experience, in the celebrated title story, a dizzying descent into a shattered mind. The collection is then rounded off with two longer stories written when Doblin was in exile from Nazi Germany in Southern California, including the delightful "Materialism: A Fable," in which news of humanity's soulless doctrines spreads to the animals, elements, and molecules of nature.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 
Branch Call Number: 833 D63br
Characteristics: xiv, 210 pages ; 21 cm
From Library Staff
Doblin, a practicing physician as well as a writer, is best remembered for his monumental Berlin Alexanderplatz. This is the first collection of short fiction by Doblin to appear in English.
From the critics