Random House, 03.09.2002 - 116 Seiten
After Nature, W. G. Sebald’s first literary work, now translated into English by Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of three men connected by their restless questioning of humankind’s place in the natural world. From the efforts of each, “an order arises, in places beautiful and comforting, though more cruel, too, than the previous state of ignorance.” The first figure is the great German Re-naissance painter Matthias Grünewald. The second is the Enlightenment botanist-explorer Georg Steller, who accompanied Bering to the Arctic. The third is the author himself, who describes his wanderings among landscapes scarred by the wrecked certainties of previous ages. After Nature introduces many of the themes that W. G. Sebald explored in his subsequent books. A haunting vision of the waxing and waning tides of birth and devastation that lie behind and before us, it confirms the author’s position as one of the most profound and original writers of our time. From the Hardcover edition.
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Hence the initials M.G. and N. on the Snow Altar at Aschaffenburg, hence the
merging, most remarkable, given the difference in age, of the young painter with
the Sebastian pierced with arrows at Isenheim. And indeed the person of Mathis
... build, for its celebrated salt springs, watercourses and an array of jet fountains
driven by a most complicated system of scoop wheels and pipes like that on the
Main at Aschaffenburg, a masterpiece of mechanical art much visited at the time.
... on the first of October the moon's shadow slid over Eastern Europe from
Mecklenburg over Bohemia and the Lausitz to southern Poland, and Griinewald,
who repeatedly was in touch with the Aschaffenburg Court Astrologer Johann
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If you enter the reading of this book as prose, and focus on not noticing the format, and just take in the words, it becomes obvious rather fast that this is a well-written piece of literature. I ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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This book is the english translation of the first literary work of Sebald, Nach der Natur. Ein Elementargedicht. It is an extended prose poem divided into three parts. The first is about the German ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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