By Sebald, Winfried Georg; Galbraith, Iain

A publishing landmark--the first significant number 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 global struggle 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 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 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 earlier than 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 that includes eighty-eight poems released in English for the 1st time and thirty-three from unpublished manuscripts, this assortment additionally brings jointly the entire verse he put in books and journals in the course of his...

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Sebald, Winfried Georg, 1944–2001. Across the land and the water: selected poems, 1964–2001 / W. G. Sebald; [translated from the German by Iain Galbraith]. p. cm. eISBN: 978-1-58836-956-7 I. Galbraith, Iain. II. Title. 1 Contents Cover Title Page Copyright Translator’s Introduction A Note on the Text POEMTREES “For how hard it is” “A colony of allotments” “Smoke will stir” “The intention is sealed” Nymphenburg Epitaph Schattwald in Tyrol Remembered Triptych of a Journey from Brussels Life Is Beautiful Matins for G.

The poem shows us only the unsettled gaze. To the close reader of landscapes, however, the name itself is enough to admit the “cold draught” (the title of another poem more visibly “freighted” than this one) of a relatively recent yet already almost forgotten history into the space of the poem. Research tells us that one of the ninety-four sub-camps linked to Dachau was constructed in Türkenfeld, though it was never used. The surrounding landscape is the site of the eleven external camps of the Kaufering network of satellite camps.

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. As the evening draws in the sun sinks in the West between the clouds and the skyline of the Vosges hills the last of the fading light flooding the Rhine plain which shimmers and quivers like the salty shore of a dried-out lake.

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