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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 by means of one of many past due 20th century's literary masters

German-born W. G. Sebald is better often called the cutting edge writer of Austerlitz, the prose vintage of global struggle II culpability and moral sense that The Guardian known as "a new literary shape, half hybrid novel, half memoir, half travelogue." Its book 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 pupil within the sixties to these accomplished correct earlier than 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 that includes eighty-eight poems released in English for the 1st time and thirty-three from unpublished manuscripts, this assortment additionally brings jointly all of the verse he put in books and journals in the course of his...

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Does not the harvest ripen? Do holy shades no longer hang upon the cliffs? Is this drawing-in the gray stain of night? Next day we sat in the café beneath a painting of water-lilies. Or perhaps they were even flamingos. 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.

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. The Three Wise Men Are walking the earth. Lines for an Album Quick as a wink, a star Falls from heaven Like nothing That grows on trees. Now make a wish But don’t tell a soul Or it won’t come true Ready or not Here I come!

Ninety years later on a Sunday after- noon in the month of November I drove south from Freiburg across the foothills of the Black Forest. All the way down to the Belfort Gap low motionless clouds above a landscape deep in shadow, the hatched patterning of vineyards on the slopes. Badenweiler looks depopulated after some virulent summer epidemic. Silent hemorrhaging in every house, I guess, and now not a living soul about, even the parking lot near the facilities empty. Only in the arboretum under giant sequoias do I meet a solitary lady smelling of patchouli and carrying a white Pomeranian in her arms.

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