Random House, Inc.
After Nature, W. G. Sebald’s first literary work, now translated into English by Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of three men connected by their restless questioning of humankind’s place in the natural world. From the efforts of each, “an order arises, in places beautiful and comforting, though more cruel, too, than the previous state of ignorance.” The first figure is the great German Re-naissance painter Matthias Grünewald. The second is the Enlightenment botanist-explorer Georg Steller, who accompanied Bering to the Arctic. The third is the author himself, who describes his wanderings among landscapes scarred by the wrecked certainties of previous ages.
After Nature introduces many of the themes that W. G. Sebald explored in his subsequent books. A haunting vision of the waxing and waning tides of birth and devastation that lie behind and before us, it confirms the author’s position as one of the most profound and original writers of our time.
Baker & Taylor
A biographical poetic triptych explores the lives of medieval German painter Matthias Grunewald, eighteenth-century explorer and naturalist Georg Stellar, and Sebald himself, as he describes his own haunting odyssey through twentieth-century Germany.
Blackwell North Amer
After Nature is W. G. Sebald's first literary work and the start of his highly personal and brilliant writing journey. In this long prose poem published in Germany in 1988 and now translated into English by Michael Hamburger, Sebald introduces many of the themes that he explores in his subsequent books and which will be familiar to readers of The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo and Austerlitz. Focusing on the conflict between man and nature, each of the three distinct parts gives centre stage to a different character from a different century - the last being Sebald himself.
A biographical poetic triptych explores the lives of medieval German painter Matthias Grunewald, eighteenth-century explorer and naturalist Georg Stellar, and Sebald himself, as his describes his own haunting odyssey through twentieth-century Germany. 10,000 first printing.
New York : Random House, 2002
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