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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Griinewald would have noticed this child, remarkable, it was said, for her beauty
when she passed through the Bridge Gate and the Preachers' Lane on her way
to her workplace just outside the ghetto. But there is no evidence that it was he ...
With the painter on horseback, sometimes, too, high up on the cart sits a nine-
year-old child, his own, as he ponders in disbelief, conceived in his marriage to
Anna. It is a most beautiful ride, this last in September 1527, along the riverside ...
What he himself learned from this is nowhere reported, only that the child at the
age of fourteen for no known reason suddenly died and that the painter did not
outlive him for any great length of time. Peer ahead sharply, there you see in the
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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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