By W. G. Sebald
After Nature, W. G. Sebald’s first literary paintings, now translated into English by way of Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of 3 males attached by way of their stressed wondering of humankind’s position within the wildlife. From the efforts of every, “an order arises, in areas attractive and comforting, notwithstanding extra merciless, too, than the former nation of ignorance.” the 1st determine is the nice German Re-naissance painter Matthias Grünewald. the second one is the Enlightenment botanist-explorer Georg Steller, who observed Bering to the Arctic. The 3rd is the writer himself, who describes his wanderings between landscapes scarred through the wrecked certainties of prior ages.
After Nature introduces the various issues that W. G. Sebald explored in his next books. A haunting imaginative and prescient of the waxing and waning tides of beginning and devastation that lie in the back of and ahead of us, it confirms the author’s place as probably the most profound and unique writers of our time.
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The book wins two first prizes: “Aquilaia” and “Golden eagle”. Is given the expert status “Cultore della Materia” at the University of Salerno. A selection of his poems are translated into Spanish as Poesías Elegidas by Ana María Pinedo López with an introduction by Carla Perugini, Alessandro Serpieri and Gabriela Fantato. The book My Child [Il Mio Bambino] is published with introductions by Francesco D’Episcopo, Giuseppe Lupo, Roberto Carifi and Sandro Gros-Pietro. The book The Poet’s Cobweb [La Tela del Poeta] (edited by Lerro) is published.
I have transplanted my hair, breast, lips, I have trimmed my hips, covered my skin, tattoos and piercings in order to hang umbrellas. 9 14 Non sono né uomo né donna, tra le gambe un gancio. Ho trapiantato i capelli, i seni, le labbra, snellito i fianchi, ho coperto la pelle, tatuaggi e fori per appendere ombrelli. Parlo con voce di madre, tra-vestito e l’anima le ossa. 15 It is in the mirror that you notice your thinning hair, your dried mouth and your broken eyes. I remain firm, looking at myself.
17 Se dovessi descrivere un solo volto, uno, uno soltanto, dei tanti volti incontrati lungo il mio cammino, non saprei farlo. Gli occhi, ad esempio gli occhi: verdi, azzurri, gialli, rossi, neri, castani, viola... diventano nei miei ricordi buchi neri; terribili, terribili, ossessionanti buchi neri. La pelle? Ah, la pelle... un’autostrada o magari un deserto. Sono assalito da un fatale sbriciolarsi delle linee e di ogni corpo non resta in questa testa che un’ombra, ombra oscura, senza volto né voce.