The Island of Second Sight: From Applied Recollections of Vigoleis (Paperback)
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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. During the rise of the Nazi regime, he lived on Mallorca with Beatrice Bruckner, whom he married in 1934. "The Island of Second Sight" was awarded the Fontane Prize upon its first publication.
Donald O. White is a Professor of German at Amherst College.