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Bright Magic

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Bright Magic by Alfred Doblin
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Oct 25, 2016 | ISBN 9781590179734

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Bright Magic is the work of a sorcerer, an indispensable translation welcome in any cabinet of wonders.” —Publishers Weekly 

“Essential anthology of short works by the master of German literary expressionism…Döblin’s stories are uplifting in their elegance and beauty.” —Kirkus starred review

“An indisputable, though often overlooked, pioneer of modernism is Alfred Döblin…remarkably, Bright Magic: Stories, translated by Damion Searls, is the first publication of Döblin’s short fiction in English…[There is] always a courship of the absurd, and language that is as vivid as Technicolor and as jarring as a car crash.” —Christine Smallwood, Harper’s Magazine

“Page by page, sentence by sentence, the writing moves from the humorous to the grotesque to the philosophical to the tragic, offering small and lasting pleasures of the kind we don’t often get from a 500 page novel or a 15-hour long TV series. Döblin’s stories echo and reverberate with all of 20th century German literature, and the more we read, the clearer it becomes that other writers are echoing Döblin.” —Ben Sandman, Full Stop

“Without the futurist elements of Döblin’s work from Wang Lun to Berlin Alexanderplatz, my prose is inconceivable…He’ll discomfort you, give you bad dreams. If you’re satisfied with yourself, beware of Döblin.”—Günter Grass
 
“I learned more about the essence of the epic from Döblin than from anyone else. His epic writing and even his theory about the epic strongly influenced my own dramatic art.”—Bertolt Brecht
 
“As we look back over the rich literary output of this great writer, as we look back over the long and fruitful life of this fighter and this friend of man, this perennial spring of spiritual life, we venture to ask: When will the gentlemen [sic] of the Nobel Prize jury discover him?”—Ludwig Marcuse, Books Abroad
 
“[A] major writer who grappled with the roots of darkness in our time…”—Ernst Pawel, The New York Times

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