The Joy of Sorcery


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$18.95  $17.43
Paul Dry Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Sten Nadolny was born in Brandenburg, Germany in 1942. He is the author of eight novels including The Discovery of Slowness, his best-known book, and The God of Impertinence. The Discovery of Slowness has been translated into more than twenty languages and become a modern classic of German literature. Nadolny has won several literary awards including the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. He lives in Berlin.

Breon and Lynda Mitchell have been collaborating on award-winning translations of German novels and short stories for over three decades, including major works by Franz Kafka, Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass, Uwe Timm, Sten Nadolny, and Marcel Beyer. Their most recent translation was the English libretto for Gottfried von Einem's opera Der Prozess, performed in concert at the 2018 Salzburg Summer Festival. ​


"An exuberant fantasy . . . a daring book."--Der Spiegel

"A wise, magical read."--Kronenzeitung

A "smart, almost philosophical novel . . . enchanting."--Münchner Merkur

"An enchanting book in the truest sense."--Süddeutsche Zeitung

Praise for Sten Nadolny and The Discovery of Slowness

"Absolutely stunning."--Times Literary Supplement

"Vivid and constantly surprising...excels at conveying the feel of discovery."--Washington Post Book World

"This remarkable, superbly translated novel derives from the life of the real 19th century explorer John Franklin...[whose] adventures are conveyed with spellbinding skill."--Publishers Weekly

"The Discovery of Slowness is a masterpiece of characterization, a portrait of inwardness in the most outward-thrusting of lives."--The New Republic

"Fluid and suspenseful, a thought-provoking reminder of contemporary society's tendency to speed through everyday life."--The Providence Journal-Bulletin

"Nadolny's vision is conveyed with restraint and charm...He has written a Utopia of character."--New York Times Book Review

"Nadolny is a practiced and sophisticated fiction writer. "--Booklist

"Sten Nadolny tells unforgettable stories."--Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung