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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... epileptic daughter, the misshapen princess Artemia whom Cyriax, as beside
him she kneels on the ground, holds tightly leashed with a maniple of his
vestments like a dog. Spreading out above them is the branch work of a fig tree
with fruit, ...
Each night — on Sundays at four in the afternoon — they were locked up, and
might not walk into any place where a green tree grew, not on the Scheidewall
nor in the Ross, nor on the Romerberg or in the Avenue. In this ghetto the Jewess
Neatly he walks the paths between the flowerbeds, marvels at the hothouses,
filled with tropical plants, learns one new name after another and is almost
beside himself with so much hope when, from the half-shadow of the mustard
tree by the ...
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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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