Title: THE DEVIL'S BLIND SPOT: TALES FROM THE NEW ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2004
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 325 pages. Published in 2004. Retrospective collection of short stories. One of the greatest literary texts of our time. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Alexander Kluge's "Die Lucke, die der Teufel lasst" in a felicitous English translation. 173 short stories selected by the author himself from the 500 published in the German original, and brilliantly translated into English. "At once a genuine storyteller and a literary documentarian, Alexander Kluge's genius lies in the very special way he makes 'found' material his own. Each of the miniatures collected here touches on 'facts' and is only several pages long. In just a paragraph, he can etch a whole world: He is as great a master of compression as Kafka and Kawabata. Arranged in five chapters, the stories are condensed like novels in pill form" (Publisher's blurb). Best-known in the West as a great film director of the New German Cinema movement, Alexander Kluge is a "gigantic figure in the German cultural landscape. He exemplifies what is most vigorous and original in the European idea of the artist as intellectual, the intellectual as artist, that flourished in the second half of the twentieth century" (Susan Sontag). "The most enlightened of writers" (W. G. Sebald). An absolute "must-have" title for Alexander Kluge collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest artist/writers of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 0811215954. Bookseller Inventory # 17785
Synopsis: Scathingly clever short stories. Includes "The Devil in the White House" and "The Development of Iraq as a Case for the Files."
At once a genuine story-teller and a literary documentarian, Alexander Kluge's genius lies in the very special way he makes found material his own. Each of the miniatures collected here touches on "facts" and is only several pages long. In just a paragraph he can etch a whole world: he is as great a master of compression as Kafka or Kawabata.
Arranged in five chapters, the dozens of stories of The Devil's Blind Spot are condensed, like novels in pill form. The first group of stories illustrates the little-known virtues of the Devil. The second explores love from Kant and opera through the Grand Guignol. The third is entitled "Sarajevo Is Everywhere" and tests how convincing power is. The fourth group concerns the cosmos, and the fifth ranges all our "knowledge" against our feelings. In each piece, Kluge alights on precise particulars: on board the atomic submarine Kursk, for instance, we are marched precisely step by step through a black comedy of the exact, disastrous stages of thinking that lead to catastrophe. Sample titles include "The Devil in the White House," "The Development of Iraq as a Case for the Files," "Intelligence of the Second Degree," and "Love's Mouth Also Kisses the Dog."
About the Author: Born in 1932, a world-famous filmmaker ( Yesterday Girl, The Female Patriot), a lawyer, a media magnate, an associate of Theodor Adorno and the Frankfurt School, winner of Germany's highest literary award the George Buchner Prize, Alexander Kluge is a phenomenon.
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