The Parable of the Blind by Gert Hofmann

Der Blindensturz (1985) (translated as The Parable of the Blind) is the title of short novel in ten chapters by German writer Gert Hofmann. Inspired by Parabel der Blinden (1568), a painting by Netherlandish artist Pieter Bruegel, the novel tells the story of the work's creation from the point of view of the six blind men depicted in the painting. The story is recounted in the present tense, first person plural. The "we" that comprises the six blind men often seems to consist of one entity; however, most of the men have separate names and identities and will sometimes say or do things that distinguish them from the group.

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Parable of the Blind Hardcover 21621798 $1.39 1988
The Parable of the Blind Paperback 1676922 $9.67 $3.72 2017
The Parable of the Blind (English and German Edition) Paperback 4881092 $18.00 $5.48 1989
All Eyes and Blind: Parable Stories for Sunday Scriptures Paperback 13379521 $18.73 $3.05 1990
Parables to the Blind Paperback 15027507 $20.00 $37.69 2019
The Parable of the Blind (English and German Edition) Hardcover 1104071 $24.90 $12.90 1986