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    DescriptionScathingly clever short stories. Includes "The Devil in the White House" and "The Development of Iraq as a Case for the Files." At once a genuine story-teller 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 or Kawabata. Arranged in five chapters, the dozens of stories of "The Devil's Blind Spot" are condensed, like novels in pill form. The first group of stories illustrates the little-known virtues of the Devil. The second explores love from Kant and opera through the Grand Guignol. The third is entitled "Sarajevo Is Everywhere" and tests how convincing power is. The fourth group concerns the cosmos, and the fifth ranges all our "knowledge" against our feelings. In each piece, Kluge alights on precise particulars: on board the atomic submarine Kursk, for instance, we are marched precisely step by step through a black comedy of the exact, disastrous stages of thinking that lead to catastrophe. Sample titles include "The Devil in the White House," "The Development of Iraq as a Case for the Files," "Intelligence of the Second Degree," and "Love's Mouth Also Kisses the Dog."


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    Title
    The Devil's Blindspot
    Subtitle
    Tales from the New Century
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alexander Kluge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780811217361
    ISBN 10: 0811217361
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DQ
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 60
    B&T Approval Code: A23305030
    DC22: 833/.914
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC029000
    DC21: 833.9
    LC classification: PT2671.L84 L8313 2007
    Thema V1.0: DNT
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    New Directions Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    New Directions Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    30 September 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "Alexander Kluge, that most enlightened of writers."