The Three Leaps of Wang Lun

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The Three Leaps of Wang Lun
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Cover of the first edition
Author Alfred Döblin
Original title Die drei Sprünge des Wang-lun
Translator C.D. Godwin
Country Germany
Language German
Genre Historical novel
Publisher S. Fischer
Publication date
1915/1916
Media type Print (Hardcover and paperback)

The Three Leaps of Wang Lun (Die drei Sprünge des Wang-lun) is a historical novel by German author Alfred Döblin that narrates upheaval and revolution in 18th-century China. Published in 1916 (although back-dated to 1915), this epic historical novel was Döblin's third novel (although it was the first to be published as a book). It earned him the Fontane Prize.[1] Favorably received by critics, who praised its detailed and exotic depictions of China, it was a literary breakthrough for Döblin.[2] Wang Lun also had an influence on younger German writers, including Lion Feuchtwanger, Anna Seghers, and Bertolt Brecht; for the latter, Wang Lun provided an impulse for the development of the theory of epic theatre.[3] In commercial sales, it is Döblin's most successful novel after Berlin Alexanderplatz.[4] The title of the novel refers to the rebel leader Wang Lun.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sander 2001, pp. 29, 133
  2. ^ Sander 2001, p. 137; Schoeller 2011, pp. 159–160
  3. ^ Schoeller 2011, p. 160
  4. ^ Schoeller 2011, p. 159

References[edit]

  • Sander, Gabriele (2001). Alfred Döblin (in German). Stuttgart: Reclam. ISBN 3-15-017632-8. 
  • Schoeller, Wilfried F. (2011). Alfred Döblin: Eine Biographie (in German). Munich: Carl Hanser. ISBN 3-446-23769-0. 

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