Jacques, Norbert

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(1880-1954) Luxembourg-born author, in Germany from an early age, whose Doktor Mabuse sequence – comprising Doktor Mabuse der Spieler (1920; trans Lilian A Clare as Dr Mabuse, Master of Mystery 1923) and Dr Mabuses letztes Spiel: Roman eines Dämons ["Dr Mabuse's Last Game: The Novel of a Demon"] (1950) – slides from Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] into sf through its portrait of Mabuse as a super-villain (see Superheroes) whose abilities are preternatural: he hypnotizes unwilling victims to control his empire; his capacity to change his appearance makes him almost into a Shapeshifter. The films directed by Fritz Lang from Norbert's work – Dr Mabuse, der Spieler (1922; vt Dr Mabuse, the Gambler), Das Testament des Dr Mabuse (1933; vt The Testament of Dr Mabuse) and Die Tausend Augen des Dr Mabuse (1960; vt The Thousand Eyes of Dr Mabuse; vt The Diabolical Dr Mabuse) – intensify the underlying sf feel of the series. [JC]

Norbert Jacques

born Eich, Luxembourg: 6 June 1880

died Hamburg, Germany: 16 May 1954

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