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

By Sebald, Winfried Georg; Galbraith, Iain

ISBN-10: 0141932236

ISBN-13: 9780141932231

ISBN-10: 1588369560

ISBN-13: 9781588369567

A publishing landmark--the first significant choice of poems via one of many overdue 20th century's literary masters

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

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 that includes eighty-eight poems released in English for the 1st time and thirty-three from unpublished manuscripts, this assortment additionally brings jointly all of the verse he positioned in books and journals in the course of his...

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The intention is sealed of preserved signs. Come through rain the address has smudged. Suppose the “return” at the end of the letter! ” Nymphenburg Hedges have grown over palace and court. A forgotten era of fountains and chandeliers behind façades, serenades and strings, the colors of the mauves. The guides mutter through sandalwood halls of the Wishing Table in the libraries of princes past. Epitaph On duty on a stretch in the Alpine foothills the railway clerk considers the essence of the tear-off calendar.

Do you remember the waiter? His closely cropped white hair, his turn-of-the-century frock-coat and taffeta bow? The way he kept touching his left temple with his fingers? Remember the Cuban cigarettes he brought me? The fine blue smoke rose straight as a candle. A good sign, no doubt. And indeed, outside it had turned brighter. Reduced aristocrats swished past in dust-cloaks bound for the refectory. The Rabbi of Belz, plastic beaker in hand, walked to the well. A bride and groom were posing for a photograph on the promenade.

The gleaming parquet floor stretched before us. All round us were mirrors, guests, motionless— and in the middle you in your feather boa. Hadn’t we met once before? In a taxus maze? On a stage? The perspectival prospect, pruned hedges, little round trees and balustrades, the palace in the background? You were supposed to say, I am wholly yours, nothing but these words; and you did say them, while strangely not coming an inch closer. During the journey home fantasies of a fatal accident. Unspectacular woodlands and hills flanking our route through the countryside.

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