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 face of the unknown Griinewald emerges again and again in his work as a
witness to the snow miracle, a hermit in the desert, a commiserator in the Munich
Mocking of Christ. Last of all, in the afternoon light in the Erlangen Whoever ...
Griinewald's face reappears, too, in a Basel painting by Holbein the Younger of a
crowned female saint. These were strangely disguised instances of resemblance,
wrote Fraenger whose books were burned by the fascists. Indeed it seemed as ...
... one seems to have been the life, then the death, too, of the other. An X-ray
photograph of the Sebastian panel reveals beneath the elegiac portrait of the
saint that same face again, the half- profile only turned a tiny bit further in 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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