Available for the first time in English, The Island of Second Sight is a masterpiece of world literature, first published in Germany in 1953 and hailed by Thomas Mann as "one of the greatest books of the twentieth century."Set on Mallorca in the 1930s in the years leading up to World War II, it is the fictionalized account of the time spent there by author--writing as Vigoleis, his alter-ego--and his wife, Beatrice, lured to the island by Beatrice’s dying brother, who, as it turns out not dying at all but broke and ensnared by the local prostitute.
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Albert Vigoleis Thelen (1903-1989) was a German writer and translator.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* On this balcony, Cervantes wrote Don Quixote. With a bit of mischievously mendacious literary history, Vigo—the narrator-protagonist of this brilliant novel—gulls credulous German tourists. Based on the five difficult years that author Thelen and his wife, Beatrice, spent on Mallorca in the 1930s, this novel delivers the gritty texture of lived experience. But as Vigo recounts his (mis)adventures, readers realize that, like Cervantes’ visionary knight, Vigo sees things others do not. While living in a dirty Mallorcan bordello, Vigo transforms himself into a chivalric champion defending his beloved against threatening dragon-rats. Like Quixote assaulting windmill-giants, Vigo declares war against his Nazified German homeland—by buying an American typewriter rather than a German one. But Vigo’s quixotic crusade takes on a dangerously real edge when he uses his typewriter to denounce the führer. Yet, like Quixote escaping from a perilously enchanted castle, Vigo and his wife escape from an island descending into the maelstrom of civil war. To be sure, this modern Quixote wields a sardonic sense of humor quite lacking in his literary predecessor. But that humor finally becomes Vigo’s own imaginative weapon against an all-too-ugly reality. Readers will thank a gifted translator for finally making this masterpiece—acclaimed by Thomas Mann—available to English speakers. --Bryce Christensen
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Descripción Galileo Publishers, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. In 1953, an unknown German writer with a 1000-page novel met with astonishment and success. Paul Celan hailed it as a genuine work of art Siegfried Lenz praised it as an event and, in 1999, Maarten Hart, writing for Die Zeit, proclaimed it the greatest book of the century . Based on the author s experiences in the 1930s in Mallorca, The Island of Second Sight follows Vigoleis (the author s alter ego) as he is pursued by Nazis and Francoists. He and his wife Beatrice embark on a series of unpredictable and surreal adventures to survive. AVAILABLE NOW. Nº de ref. de la librería AAR9781903385067
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