Die drei Sprünge des Wang-lun
They travel across the land and call themselves the ‘Truly Weak’. ‘Wu-wei’, the ancient Chinese teaching of non-resistance to fate, has its followers among the masses: more and more people are adhering to the principle of Non-Action. They begin to represent a threat to the power of the rulers. But then the Truly Weak and their leader, the reformed thief Wang-Lun, are put to the test.
The novel The three leaps of Wang-Lun made a name for Döblin when it was published in 1915. By 1923 it had already gone through twelve editions. Walter Muschg called this ‘masterpiece of Expressionist narrative’ the ‘critical breakthrough out of the bourgeois tradition of the German novel’ because in his view it contained all the characteristics of the new narrative style of the twentieth century.