The subject of the novel is reality liberated from soul. The reader in complete independence presented with a structured process: let him evaluate it, not the author. The façade of the novel cannot be other than stone or steel, flashing electrically or dark, but silent.
Alfred Döblin (1878–1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "To Novelists and Their Critics: Berlin Program," May 1913, Works on Aesthetics, Poetics and Literature, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1989).