The Devil's Blind Spot: Tales from the New Century

Author:   Alexander Kluge
Publisher:   New Directions Publishing Corporation
ISBN:  

9780811217361


Pages:   336
Publication Date:   13 September 2007
Format:   Paperback
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The Devil's Blind Spot: Tales from the New Century


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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.

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Author:   Alexander Kluge
Publisher:   New Directions Publishing Corporation
Imprint:   New Directions Publishing Corporation
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 20.30cm
Weight:   0.390kg
ISBN:  

9780811217361


ISBN 10:   0811217361
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   13 September 2007
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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Alexander Kluge, born in Germany in 1932, is a world-famous author and filmmaker (his twenty-three films include Yesterday Girl, The Female Patriot, The Candidate), a lawyer, and a media magnate. He has won Germany's highest literary award, the Georg Buchner Prize.

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