Alfred Doblin, Damion (university Of Maryland) Searls
Paperback / softback $33.00 - New York Review of Books
Fiction - Published: 9/Aug/2016 - ISBN: 9781590179734
Alfred Doblin was a titan of modern German literature. This collection of stories astonishingly, the first collection of his stories ever published in English shows him to have been equallyadept in shorter forms. Included in its entirety is Doblin s first book, "The Murder of a Buttercup," a work of savage brilliance and a landmark of literary expressionism. Mortality roams the streets of nineteenth-century Manhattan, with a white borzoi and a quiet smile. A ballerina duels to the death with the stupid childish body she is bound to. We experience, in the celebrated title story, a dizzying descent into a shattered mind. The collection is then rounded off with two longer stories written when Doblin was in exile from Nazi Germany in Southern California, including the delightful Materialism: A Fable, in which news of humanity s soulless doctrines spreads to the animals, elements, and molecules of nature."
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