Quotation by Alfred Döblin

The author's hegemony must be broken. It is impossible to go too far in fanatical self-denial or fanatical self-renunciation: I am not I, but rather the street, the streetlights, this or that occurrence, nothing more. That's what I call the style of stone.
Alfred Döblin (1878–1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. "To Novelists and Their Critics: Berlin Program," May 1913, Works on Aesthetics, Poetics and Literature, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1989).
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