By Sebald, Winfried Georg; Galbraith, Iain
A publishing landmark--the first significant choice of poems by way of one of many overdue 20th century's literary masters
German-born W. G. Sebald is better often called the leading edge writer of Austerlitz, the prose vintage of worldwide battle II culpability and sense of right and wrong that The Guardian referred to as "a new literary shape, half hybrid novel, half memoir, half travelogue." Its booklet placed Sebald within the corporation of Nabokov, Calvino, and Borges. but Sebald's brilliance as a poet has been mostly unacknowledged--until now.
Skillfully translated via Iain Galbraith, the approximately 100 poems in Across the Land and the Water variety from these Sebald wrote as a pupil within the sixties to these accomplished correct prior to 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 that includes eighty-eight poems released in English for the 1st time and thirty-three from unpublished manuscripts, this assortment additionally brings jointly the entire verse he positioned in books and journals in the course of his...
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The Sound of Music An unfamiliar lament And the astonishment that Sadness exists—one’s own Never the other of those who suffer Of those whose right it really is Life is uncomplaining in view of the history Of torture à travers les âges Bleston Uncomplaining is this mythology without gods The mere shadow of a feast-day phantom Of a defunct feast-day Bleston From time to time the howls Of animals in the zoological Department reach my ears While I hold in my hands The burnt husks of burnt chestnuts The silence of revelation Sharon’s Full Gospel—the sick are Miraculously healed before our eyes The ships lie offshore Waiting in the fog IV.
It’s warm In front of the fire. Lug a-cock The man waited For some response To his knock. Came a bawl from within: Jesus Mary A pain in the neck In the early morn. Where no kitchen There no cook. We don’t need no King. The man has heard As much before. He has heard enough. Right then: all or nothing. Winter Poem The valley resounds With the sound of the stars With the vast stillness Over snow and forest. The cows are in their byre. God is in his heaven. Child Jesus in Flanders. Believe and be saved.
Between thresholds lines from Gregorius, the guote sündaere, from Au near Freiburg, rechtsrheinisch, not visible from Colmar—Haut Rhin. Early morning in Basel, printed on hand-made Rhine-washed lumpy paper under the supervision of Erasmus of Rotterdam by Froben & Company, fifteen hundred and six. Men on military service bound for Balsthal in the Jura shaved and cropped, several smoking, outside all changed. Route of all images light gray river-sand ruddy hair minding swollen shadows lances and willows White leaf, you Green leaf, me Rafael, Yoknapatawpha, Light in August between leaves anxious mellowing before birth as a shadow over the sunny road Go to the Aegean to Santorini Land of basalt phosphorescence on the rudder Hold the water in your hand: it glows—at night— aubergines in front of the house shadowy in the dark against the whitewashed wall bright green in daytime purple raffia-threaded in the sun.
Across the land and the water : selected poems, 1964-2001 by Sebald, Winfried Georg; Galbraith, Iain