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The Island of Second Sight


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Winner of the PEN Translation Prize

Unavailable to English readers for more than 50 years, The Island of Second Sight is a masterpiece of world literature. Set in the years leading up to World War II, it is the fictionalized account of the time spent in Mallorca by the author and his wife, who encounter the most unpredictable and surreal adventures, pursued all the while by Nazis and Francoists. And just as the chaos comes to seem manageable, the Spanish Civil War erupts. Drawing comparisons to Don Quixote and The Man Without Qualities, The Island of Second Sight is a novel of astonishing and singular richness of language and purpose. At once ironic and humanistic, hilarious and profoundly serious, philosophical and grotesque, The Island of Second Sight is a literary tour de force.

About the Author

Albert Vigoleis Thelen (1903-1989) was a German writer and translator.

Donald O. White is a professor of German at Amherst College.


Product Details

Thelen, Albert Vigoleis
Overlook Press
General Fiction
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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