By W. G. Sebald

ISBN-10: 0375756582

ISBN-13: 9780375756580

After Nature, W. G. Sebald’s first literary paintings, now translated into English via Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of 3 males hooked up via their stressed wondering of humankind’s position within the flora and fauna. From the efforts of every, “an order arises, in locations appealing and comforting, notwithstanding extra merciless, too, than the former country of ignorance.” the 1st determine is the nice German Re-naissance painter Matthias Grünewald. the second one is the Enlightenment botanist-explorer Georg Steller, who followed Bering to the Arctic. The 3rd is the writer himself, who describes his wanderings between landscapes scarred by means of the wrecked certainties of prior ages.

After Nature introduces a few of the subject matters that W. G. Sebald explored in his next books. A haunting imaginative and prescient of the waxing and waning tides of beginning and devastation that lie at the back of and earlier than us, it confirms the author’s place as essentially the most profound and unique writers of our time.

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Taking James Merrill’s advice, Hine moved in 1962 to 60 New York City, where he worked briefly as a freelance poetry editor, met W. H. Auden and befriended the American poets John Hollander and Richard Howard, both of whom later wrote essays on his work. Around this time he also met Sam Todes, a philosopher of phenomenology then teaching at MIT, who would become his lifelong lover and companion. During his visits to Cambridge, Hine often saw Margaret Atwood, then a student at Harvard. ) In 1963, Todes accepted a teaching position at Northwestern University in Evanston, a suburb of Chicago.

Life evaporates in sand, A sporadic waterfall, Squandered, lost, beyond recall. Memo to Go´ngora* To your language if not your native land, Which is a tongue when all is said That’s done, perverse, gold, standard, and Curiously conservative, as dead As anything Amerigo invented, I pilgrim with my accents in my hand And your conceits unequalled in my head Through volumes of rock and canticles of sand. Like paradise, you are a promised land Aflow with ilk and money, brine and wedlock, secrets that like circumstances stand Unalterable, map to be misread.

Nag, nag, nag on these old grey stones, O sea, You cannot and you will not break my heart Which is made of adamant. O see, Though penetrated by each stupid dart, It sparkles like a diamond. Cosı` Fan tutti,* armed by industry and art. * Thus do they all. 56 Hygiene Health, which often seemed like a mirage, A pharmaceutical phantasm, at our age Little more than the breath we take for granted With all the physical facility no one wanted, Moves through these brooding branches like a breeze Leaving nothing behind besides a suspicious bruise.

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