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Going to the Dogs

The Story of A Moralist
Going to the Dogs
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Going to the Dogs is set in Berlin after the crash of 1929 and before the Nazi takeover, years of rising unemployment and financial collapse. The moralist in question is Jakob Fabian, “aged thirty-two, profession variable, at present advertising copywriter . . . weak heart, brown hair,” a young man with an excellent education but permanently condemned to a low-paid job without security in the short or the long run.

What’s to be done? Fabian and friends make the best of it—they go to work though they may be laid off at any time, and in the evenings they go to the cabarets and try to make it with girls on the make, all the while making a lot of sharp-sighted and sharp-witted observations about politics, life, and love, or what may be. Not that it makes a difference. Workers keep losing work to new technologies while businessmen keep busy making money, and everyone who can goes out to dance clubs and sex clubs or engages in marathon bicycle events, since so long as there’s hope of running into the right person or (even) doing the right thing, well—why stop?

Going to the Dogs, in the words of introducer Rodney Livingstone, “brilliantly renders with tangible immediacy the last frenetic years [in Germany] before 1933.” It is a book for our time too.

Authors: Kastner, Erich, 1899-1974
Statement of Responsibility: Erich Kastner ; translated from the German by Cyrus Brooks ; introduction by Rodney Livingstone
Uniform Title: Fabian. English
Title: Going to the dogs
the story of a moralist
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2012
Characteristics: xxiv, 177 p. ; 21 cm.
Notes: Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 1932
Additional Contributors: Brooks, C. Harry - 1890- - (Cyrus Harry),
Livingstone, Rodney
LCCN: 2012018730
ISBN: 9781590175842
Branch Call Number: FIC K
Research Call Number: JFD 13-1163
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