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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... of water displays, in later years furthered the mistaking of his person for the
increasingly unsociable Isenheim master, that perhaps he was the connecting
link between Griinewald and the world become inaccessible to him in his
At rest, leaning against a rock, Griinewald feels inside himself his misfortune and
that of the water artist in Halle. The wind drives us into flight like starlings at the
hour when the shadows fall. What remains to the last is the work undertaken.
If his eyes are now lowered, if he falls down into the lake, will then, as in
Brueghel's picture, the beautiful ship, the ploughing peasant, the whole of nature
somehow turn away from the son's misfortune? These questions carry me over
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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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