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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... that it will shit into the sea so that the water boils itself out, that the earth
trembles and the great city with the iron tower stands in flames, whilst the Pope
squats in a barge and darkness comes and with it a yellow dust that covers the
Manuscripts written at the end of his life, on an island in the glacial sea, with
scratching goose-quill in bilious ink, lists of two hundred and eleven different
plants, tales of white ravens, unknown cormorants and sea-cows, gathered into
the dust ...
... me your hand, we're leaving the town, I'll show you the mill set twice each day
in motion by the sea's current, a groaning miraculous construct of wheels and
belts that carries water power right into stone, right into the trickling dust and into -
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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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