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On the surface this deceptively simple narrative is the story of how the blind beggars came to be painted by Pieter Brueghel. His painting was also called "The Parable of the Blind." Cast in prose, the parable evokes an even more distressing picture of the fate of man. The words more variously and pathetically image the condition of humanity, which lives "in darkness, so to speak, forever." Hofmann, a German writer, manifests an essential skepticism of the "ways of the world" and how people interact and communicate with one another. In this most understated of satires he has created an eloquent allegory of the modern age, a spare but revealing picture of alienation, confusion, and insensitivity. Recommended for all literature collections. Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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ISBN-10:  3423119926
ISBN-13:  978-3423119924
Author:  Gert Hofmann
Genre:  Fiction
Publisher:  Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co.
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review by . August 14, 2010
That's the title in English of the excellent translation by Christopher Middleton of this novella by Gert Hofmann, a German writer born in 1931. Gert is the father of the poet and translator Michael Hofmann, and I thought I had discovered the Father by way of the Son, whose translations of Joseph Roth and other German writers into English have impressed me. I found the elder Hofmann's novel "Der Kinoerzähler" so impressive that I bought the younger Hofmann's translation of it, "The Film Explainer", …
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