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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This last, Ziilch philosophises, is the way into the world, and no one took it other
than the man, vanished without a trace, to whom his research is devoted and
whose art he thinks he can recognise in the anonymous picture. The reason for
Astonishing, to me, the persons also to be seen in the picture: Mother in her open
coat, with a lightness she was later to lose; Father, a little aside, hands in his
pockets, he too, it seems, with no cares. The date is August 26th, 1943. On the
I had arrived at one of the dead bays of time, like that Tatar with the red headcloth
and the white curved feather, had climbed the mountain and surveyed the city, as
it lay before me, a faded picture of the great diluvium. I sensed the trembling of ...
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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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