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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... Czarina, in the course of her empire's expansion, was preparing an expedition
on an unprecedented scale under the supreme command of Vitus Bering to the
Pacific coast, so that the sea route from there to America should become known.
Steller mastered the five thousand miles in the course of the three and a half
years which Vitus Bering still needed to convey everything, down to the last nail,
with his little Siberian packhorses over the Yablonovy Range to the Sea of
In the evening of that day the mist completely lifted. A black sky now overhung the
sea and the snow-covered, ragged merlons of Alaska loomed "resplendent," the
word that seemed right to Steller, in rosy red and purple colours. Vitus Bering ...
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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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