Alfred Döblin’s November 1918
The Alsatian prelude
in The silent morning
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The most elaborate literary presentation of the interweaving of armistice and revolution is Alfred Doblin's November 1918, eine deutsche Revolution, a novel about the 1918 Armistice and as the title indicates, 'a German revolution'. During and after the First World War he worked on Wallenstein (1920), a novel about the Thirty Years' War. The violence of the soldiers' revolt is brought home by the appearance of Leutnant von Heiberg at his girlfriend's parents' villa. In the military, the tension between Alsatians and non-Alsatians takes a back seat to the antagonism between ranks and officers, which unites the common soldiers of both ethnic groups against their superiors. The German revolution, for its part, will run its course to a failure to which the Alsatian revolutionary episode will have been both prefiguration and epitome. The bulk of November 1918. A German Revolution is set in Berlin.

The silent morning

Culture and memory after the Armistice

Editors: Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy

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