The expectation that Berlin, at the cusp of the twenty-first century, should produce "big-city" novels that, like Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz in its own time, would catch the encounters, juxtapositions, and historical layerings of the newly reunified capital is perhaps unfair, and certainly a high bar, but it reflects widespread interest in literary representations of this brazenly, even insolently transformed city...
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