Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964-2001 by W. G. Sebald

By W. G. Sebald

A publishing landmark--the first significant choice of poems by means of one of many past due 20th century's literary masters. Translated from the German by way of Iain Galbraith.

German-born W. G. Sebald is better referred to as the cutting edge writer of Austerlitz, the prose vintage of worldwide battle II culpability and moral sense that The mum or dad known as "a new literary shape, half hybrid novel, half memoir, half travelogue." Its e-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 through Iain Galbraith, the approximately 100 poems in around the Land and the Water variety from these Sebald wrote as a pupil within the sixties to these accomplished correct sooner than his premature demise 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 that includes eighty-eight poems released in English for the 1st time and thirty-three from unpublished manuscripts, this assortment additionally brings jointly the entire verse he put in books and journals in the course of his lifetime.

Here are Sebald's trademark themes--from nature and historical past (Events of conflict within/a existence cracks/across the Order of the World/spreading from Cassiopeia/a diffuse ache attaining into/the upturned leaves at the trees), to wandering and puzzling over (I have even begun/to converse in international tongues/roaming like a nomad in my own/town), to oblivion and reminiscence (If you knew each cranny/of my heart/you might but be ignorant/of the discomfort my happy/memories bring).

Soaring and searing, the poetry of W. G. Sebald is an indelible addition to his outstanding physique of labor, and this certain assortment is sure to turn into a vintage in its personal right.


“Is literary greatness nonetheless attainable? What might a noble literary firm appear like? one of many few solutions to be had to English-speaking readers is the paintings of W. G. Sebald.”—Susan Sontag

“Sebald is a unprecedented and elusive species . . . yet nonetheless, he's a simple learn, simply as Kafka is. . . . he's an habit, and as soon as buttonholed through his books, you've got neither the want nor the desire to rip your self away.”—Anthony Lane, the recent Yorker

“The mystery of Sebald’s allure is that he observed himself in what now turns out nearly an old school method as a voice of moral sense, anyone who recollects injustice, who speaks if you can not speak.”—Charles Simic, the recent York assessment of Books

"This collection of W G (Max) Sebald’s poems should be treasure trove to his admirers. Brilliantly translated through Iain Galbraith . . . it contains works from the total size of his inventive existence, lower brief some distance too early in December 2001... in reality, learn all of them, and greater than as soon as. i might recommend analyzing the poems instantly via first, nonetheless part by means of facet with Galbraith’s notes – seldom is a suite of notes to a textual content so wonderful in itself – after which for a 3rd time. 3 readings, i will be able to guarantee a person, may be no hardship." -- Literary assessment UK

About the Author
W. G. Sebald used to be born in Wertach im Allgäu, Germany, in 1944. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland, and Manchester. He taught on the college of East Anglia in Norwich, England, for thirty years, changing into professor of ecu literature in 1987, and from 1989 to 1994 used to be the 1st director of the British Centre for Literary Translation. His formerly translated books—The jewelry of Saturn, The Emigrants, Vertigo, and Austerlitz—have received a couple of overseas awards, together with the nationwide ebook Critics Circle Award, the la occasions e-book Award, the Berlin Literature Prize, and the Literatur Nord Prize. He died in December 2001.

About the Translator
Iain Galbraith was once born in Glasgow in 1956 and studied glossy languages and comparative literature on the universities of Cambridge, Freiburg, and Mainz, the place he taught for a number of years. He has edited works via Stevenson, Hogg, Scott, Boswell, and Conrad, and contributed essays to many books and journals within the U.K., France, and Germany. he's a extensively released translator of German-language writing, specifically poetry, into English, successful the loo Dryden Prize for Literary Translation in 2004.

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Rin vergongene ScbOnheiten neu erbliihn, Vois l'herbe dont le bord du ruisseau s'ognmente c On dirait le duvet d'une levre charmante • Ne pose pas tes pieds sur l'herbe avec cMdoln, Par la le sol 6tait un visage d'amante. n,<4:) '7 31 And when Thyself with shining Foot shall pass Among the Guests Star - scatter'd on the Grass, And in thy joyous Errand reach the Spot Where I made one - turn down on empty Olass I FihGerold 0 meine Freunde, gelobt, einst munter Euch Hier zu versammeln, wenn ich nicht mehr unter Eue Den Pokal voll Alten Weins :zu schenken Und trinkend des armen Chajjom zu gedenken.

5 Alos, that Spring should vanish with the Rose I That Youth's sweet-scented Manuscript should closer The Nightingale that in the Branches sang, Ah, whence, and whither flown again, Who knows I EitzGrold Acb, des Lebens Mai oaht dem ziele, Vorbei sind die Freuden und Spiele I Dieser Vogel der Frohlchkeit Genannt die Jugendzeit. Schwong fort sein Gefieder, Und kommt nicbt wieder I Ich weiss nicht, Wann er gekommen, Und wobin nen weg er genommen. Le Jivre des beaux jours, Mias! finit trop vile. D~jci le doux printemps d'ollegresse nous quitte.

Lorsque je seroi mort, lavez-moi dona du vin, Et lailes mon cercueil tout en par hols de vfgne.

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