First American Edition of Alfred Doblin’s ALEXANDERPLATZ, BERLIN: THE STORY OF MAX BIBERKOPF (1931).
The author’s magnum opus, an important modernist novel which, at the time of publication, drew rapid comparisons to none other than Joyce’s Ulysses. In a sweeping view of Weimar Germany, Döblin’s novel centers on the life of Franz Biberkopf, a convict recently released from prison and attempting - mostly unsuccessfully - to start over and life a decent life. Basis for an early adaptation by Phil Jutzi (1931), and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s epic 15 1/2 hour TV mini-series (1980), remastered by Criterion in 2006. Seldom-seen in the trade, much less in such attractive condition.