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Kluge, Alexander (Translated by Michael Chalmers and Martin Hulse). THE DEVIL'S BLIND SPOT: TALES FROM THE NEW CENTURY. New York City, NY: New Directions Books, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 325 pages. As New/As New.

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 very 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", 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. Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. A very scarce copy thus. One of the greatest artist/writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0811215954. $50.00

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