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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... the will within us being one: you be my guide, Lord, master from this day, 1 said
to him; and when he, moved, led on I entered on the steep wild-wooded way.
Dante, Inferno, Canto II Whoever closes the wings of the altar in the Lindenhardt.
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
... below the Fichtelgebirge, on the creation of the Lindenhardt altar, 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
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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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