Alfred Doblin (1878-1957) was a novelist, essayist, neurologist, and the leading exponent of German Expressionist writing. He is best known for his novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, which was adapted into an acclaimed television series by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1980. His Bright Magic: Stories is pubished by NYRB Classics and Three Leaps of Wan Lun is published in NYRB's Calligram series.Michael Hofmann is a poet and translator. He has translated nine books by Joseph Roth and was awarded the PEN translation prize for String of Pearls. His Selected Poems were published in 2010. He lives in Germany and Florida.
"[A] major writer who grappled with the roots of darkness in our time...." --Ernst Pawel, The New York Times "His was an extraordinary mind." --Philip Ardagh, The Guardian "Without the futurist elements of Doblin's work from Wang Lun to Berlin Alexanderplatz, my prose is inconceivable.... He'll discomfort you, give you bad dreams. If you're satisfied with yourself, beware of Doblin." --Gunter Grass "I learned more about the essence of the epic from Doblin than from anyone else. His epic writing and even his theory about the epic strongly influenced my own dramatic art." --Bertolt Brecht "As we look back over the rich literary output of this great writer, as we look back over the long and fruitful life of this fighter and this friend of man, this perennial spring of spiritual life, we venture to ask: When will the gentlemen [sic] of the Nobel Prize jury discover him?" --Ludwig Marcuse, Books Abroad