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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A patch of brown scorched earth whose contour like the head of a whale or an
open-mouthed leviathan devours the pale green meadow plains, and the
marshily shining stretches of water. Above it, pushed off to behind the horizon,
which step ...
Plumbing the depth, they approached till it was clear that the island rock was no
more than a dead whale many times magnified by the mirage's play, adrift belly
up. After that the course was set to north-northeast. In the nights, at times the sea
air-bladders under their pectoral fins, let them unlearn their submersions, make
experiments. Whether the whale is then to draw or to carry, whether and how it is
harnessed or laden, how it is bridled or otherwise governed, and who is to be 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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