Stephen Prina


By Barbara Bloom, West Berlin: Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, 1988, 211 pp., 2 color plates and 134 black and white illustrations.

Somewhere between the title Ghost Writer and the title Und wenn sie nicht gestorhen sind . . . (And if they haven’t died yet . . . ) lies a work of editorial acumen by Barbara Bloom. This second title also bears the most prominent device to guide the work: the ellipsis.

What at first appears to be two versions of a selection of illustrated texts, one in English, the other in German, one at each end of the book, becomes an essay on the mirror image that is imperfect in its refraction: cracked like the broken halves of a plate reassembled tenuously to make a whole, an image that appears in this volume. The list of entries formulates a world drawn across contemporary fiction, love letters, photography and

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