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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By Griinewald's time, we learn, there are twenty-three houses, and soon the
district counts more than three thousand souls without the boundaries having
been widened. Each night — on Sundays at four in the afternoon — they were
locked up ...
Under night's biretta the old man talks with his younger brother of the winged end
. To comfort him Steller speaks of the light of nature. But all things, Theophon
says, all things, my son, transmute into old age, life diminishes, everything
Pallas writes too that the dead man was dreaming still of the grazing mammoth
across the river until in the night someone came and took his cloak and left him to
lie in the snow like a fox beaten to death. DARK NIGHT SALLIES FORTH et iam ...
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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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