Across the land and the water : selected poems, 1964-2001 by Sebald, Winfried Georg; Galbraith, Iain

By Sebald, Winfried Georg; Galbraith, Iain

A publishing landmark--the first significant number of poems by means of one of many overdue 20th century's literary masters

German-born W. G. Sebald is healthier referred to as the leading edge writer of Austerlitz, the prose vintage of worldwide conflict II culpability and moral sense that The Guardian known as "a new literary shape, half hybrid novel, half memoir, half travelogue." Its booklet positioned Sebald within the corporation of Nabokov, Calvino, and Borges. but Sebald's brilliance as a poet has been mostly unacknowledged--until now.

Skillfully translated by way of Iain Galbraith, the approximately 100 poems in Across the Land and the Water variety from these Sebald wrote as a scholar within the sixties to these accomplished correct ahead of his premature loss of life in 2001. that includes eighty-eight poems released in English for the 1st time and thirty-three from unpublished manuscripts, this assortment additionally brings jointly all of the verse he put in books and journals in the course of his...

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Suffering from emphysema he spends all day in a reclining chair in the garden marveling again and again at how oddly quiet it is indoors. Later in the month the weather is unusually hot, not a breath of wind, the woods on the hills utterly still, the distant river valley in a milky haze. On the 28th Olga travels to Freiburg specially to buy a light flannel suit. At the Angelus hour of the following day he has his first attack, the second the following night. The dying man, already buried deep in his pillows, mutters that German women have such abominable taste in dress.

Of the eighty-eight poems published here in translation for the first time, thirty-three draw on unpublished* manuscripts deposited for the Estate of W. G. Sebald at the German Literature Archive, while fifty-five are translations of poems in the German volume Über das Land und das Wasser (Across the Land and the Water), edited by Sven Meyer in 2008. The question that naturally arises is why Sebald did not publish “School Latin” or “Across the Land and the Water” after their completion—probably in 1975 and 1984 respectively.

Train journeys constitute the most frequently recorded mode of travel. The following poem may refer to one such journey. “Irgendwo,” translated in English as “Somewhere,” was probably written in the late 1990s and originally belonged to the sequence of “micropoems” that provided the material for Sebald’s posthumous collection Unerzählt (Unrecounted), published in 2003: Somewhere behind Türkenfeld a spruce nursery a pond in the moor on which the March ice is slowly melting With its evocation of a wintry landscape and the suggestion that a thaw is on its way, this apparently simple poem seems nothing short of idyllic.

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