While in exile, Alfred Döblin wrote his novel tetralogy November 1918. The First World War and the German Revolution of 1918-1919 are the narrative topics, which are dealt with by him in great intensity and temporal concentration, but with a variety of people and perspectives. Although the novel is interpreted here as a book of conversions, the perso¬nal religious biography of the author is deliberately left in the background. More important are the conversion stories in the work itself: that of a war-traumatized Berlin high school teacher, but also that of Rosa Luxemburg, which are helpful for understanding the impossi¬bility of realizing an earthly paradise through violence. More generally, Döblin asks how one can become a Christian under such tragic historical circumstances and how Christians should have responded to these events.
Keywords: Alfred Döblin, Rosa Luxemburg, revolution, conversion, War, Christianity