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 too, at the centre of the Lindenhardt altar's right wing, that troubled gaze
upon the youth on the other side of the older man whom, years ago now, on a
grey January morning I myself once encountered in the railway station in
encountered in the railway station in Bamberg. It is St. Dionysius, his cut-off head
under one arm. To him, his chosen guardian who in the midst of life carries his
death with him, Grunewald gives the appearance of Riemenschneider, whom ...
The botanical garden around the pond, to my knowledge, is situated on the bank
of the Regnitz at Bamberg and I believe that a road runs through it today. The
whole leaves an impression that is somehow un-German, the elms, the
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - MSarki - LibraryThing
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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