By Erich Kästner
Going to the Dogs is determined in Berlin after the crash of 1929 and ahead of the Nazi takeover, years of emerging unemployment and fiscal cave in. The moralist in query is Jakob Fabian, “aged thirty-two, career variable, at the moment advertisements copywriter . . . vulnerable center, brown hair,” a tender guy with a very good schooling yet completely condemned to a low-paid task with no safeguard within the brief or the lengthy run.
What’s to be performed? Fabian and acquaintances make the easiest of it—they visit paintings even though they're laid off at any time, and within the evenings they visit the cabarets and check out to make it with women at the make, the entire whereas creating a lot of sharp-sighted and sharp-witted observations approximately politics, existence, and love, or what can be. no longer that it makes a distinction. employees preserve wasting paintings to new applied sciences whereas businessmen retain busy earning money, and everybody who can is going out to bounce golf equipment and intercourse golf equipment or engages in marathon bicycle occasions, given that as long as there’s wish of operating into the proper individual or (even) doing the appropriate factor, well—why stop?
Going to the Dogs, within the phrases of introducer Rodney Livingstone, “brilliantly renders with tangible immediacy the final frenetic years [in Germany] earlier than 1933.” it's a booklet for our time too.