The Parable of the Blind

The Parable of the Blind


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A high-water mark of postwar German literature, a profoundly skeptical meditation on the fragility of human communities and the pitfalls and contradictions of making art.

A knocking on the barn door drags us out of our sleep. No, the knocking isn’t inside us, it’s outside, where the other people are. With that, six blind beggars—ragged, profane, irascible—find themselves waking to yet another grim day in the dark. Today, however, something is different. Today these men have an appointment with a painter: they have been hired as models, to pose for Pieter Bruegel’s grotesque masterpiece-in-the-making.

With tremendous verbal ingenuity and black humor, Gert Hofmann’s novel follows this tattered sextet’s shambling progress across a landscape in 16th century Flanders, peopled by half-heard voices and unseen dangers, towards their ultimate encounter with the great, capricious artist, and (perhaps) their own immortality.

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ISBN-13: 9781567925630
Publisher: David R. Godine, Publisher
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 1,278,978
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gert Hofmann was a prolific German writer, best known for examining mortality and the resonances of Nazism in postwar Germany.

Christopher Middleton was a British poet, professor, and translator who specialized in Germanic languages and literature.

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