After Nature (2020)

After Nature 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 na
  • Title: After Nature
  • Author: W.G. Sebald Michael Hamburger
  • ISBN: 9780375756580
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback
  • After Nature
    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 cruel, too, than the previous state of ignorance The first figureAfter 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 cruel, too, than the previous state of ignorance The first figure is the great German Re naissance painter Matthias Gr newald 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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    1. I read this in translation,so I can t say for certainmaybe there is some metric by which it is poetry.Maybe the lines are not merelybroken because Sebald felt like it.Perhaps in German this is not prosaic by which I am not calling Sebald s writingby any means quotidian butI saw no reason it could not bearranged in full text lines.It would sound just the same,it would be easier to follow,it would save space and the lives of trees.Did the trees do something to you,morbid walker of Suffolk,moor mou [...]

    2. If you enter the reading of this book as prose, and focus on not noticing the format, and just take in the words, it becomes obvious rather fast that this is a well written piece of literature I began by imagining all the words as verse collected instead into paragraphs, and by the last third it did not matter any longer that the text looked like poetry I suppose this collection was called poetry because it was so lyrical and beautiful Max Sebald, or another, shaping these words into blank verse [...]

    3. Ah, Sebald After a short hike this morning, with some colleagues and students, the afternoon drifts toward evening What better, than the book length series of three poems, After Nature And this is the true Sebald This belongs on the shelf alongside The Rings of Saturn, The Emigrants, and Austerlitz.Better still to realize, only now, that two years ago while seeking to make the most of my fading time in Freiburg, on a train and bus trip to Colmar, France, and only entering the museum at Unterlind [...]

    4. The thing with blank verse is that you can mentally string it back into prose and it often reads equally well either way The thing with Sebald s prose is that it always seemed poetic to me, in a forlorn, elegiac way The thing here, in the three blank verse poem essays that constitute After Nature is the music imposed by the line breaks, the halting rhythms that emerge, the occasional breaks from the controlled if gloomy, peripatetic Sebaldian tone into something abstract and fraught The first a [...]

    5. a slim 3 parter written early but published posthumously the first two parts are beautiful, the third the autobiographical section less so w.g sebald is the best writer in the world, even though he is deadis, from the second section, about the bering expedition into the arctic XIIUnending flightsof screeching birds, which skimmedlow over the water,from afar resembleddrifting islands Whalesrotated around the ship, emittingwater spouts high into the airin all direction of the compass.Chamisso, who [...]

    6. Mientras uno se desgasta en la oficina Pensando en c mo resolver situaciones nimias y percat ndose de c mo la educaci n en las universidades est n creando eunucos incapaces de concebir cualquier maldita idea f rtil la vida que es una caprichosa nos arrebata a un maestro del lenguaje, de la cadencia que arrulla y envuelve y nos hace creer en un mundo mejor posible.Son palabras, una detr s de otra son luces y oscuridades sobre paisajes conocidos o nuevos, que nos pueden parecer buc licos o arriesg [...]

    7. Del natural , de W G Sebald, no es una novela propiamente dicha, sino que es un poema en prosa En este librito apenas 100 p ginas , Sebald plasma su amor a la Naturaleza con may sculas utilizando el lenguaje y sus conocimientos como nadie.Esta obra est dividida en tres partes la primera dedicada al pintor Gr newald, pr cticamente un desconocido, que retrataba sobre todo santos, crucifixiones, eclipses En la segunda parte nos habla del bot nico Steller, que acompa a Behring en una expedici n a Al [...]

    8. I couldn t get into this book at all, despite the glowing recommendation in Patti Smith s book M Train I m intrigued that since I love two particular books as all time favorites, that one by Smith, and Sebald s later, famous The Rings of Saturn, I was unimpressed by After Nature.After Nature is not really poetry, even though it is presented as such on the page The lines are broken in seemingly arbitrary places, and the reader will quickly adapt to reading it as prose And quickly it goes, too, th [...]

    9. This book is so beautiful It s an early work, written in verse in three parts The first part reflects on the life and work of the late medieval painter Matthias Grunewald most famous for theIsenheim Altarpiece , the second on the eighteenth century naturalist Georg Wilhelm Stellar, who traveled with Vitus Bering, and the last on moments from the author s life The first two sections are stunning The third section felt disjointed and I wasn t sure where it was going All the same, five stars for s [...]

    10. Beautiful poetry Of the three poems in this book, the last two a semi autobiographical story of his childhood, and a narrative of the naturalist Steller s journey across Siberia are particularly haunting Sebald weaves photography into the narrative of these poems, which has an unexpectedly powerful effect He does the same in the Emigrants, which is also semi autobiographical and also a very wonderful novel.

    11. Given my mild ambivalence about Sebald, I thought I would make this small book, the author s first, my next destination on the gray toned walking tour of European ruin that is the Sebaldian oeuvre I think of Sebald s gift as essentially lyric, in the sense that the lyric poet projects his subjectivity onto the world and that his composition is accordingly of one tone and mood the lyric poet turns his back on the audience, writes Frye similarly, Luk cs claims that the language of the absolutely l [...]

    12. Three stories, one of his own, woven in Sebald s unmistakably careful and almost formal language his first published work, I think Poetry, as good as his prose Amazing interwoven reflections on nature, history, colonialism, anti Semitism, modernism, the drive to conquer or tame nature even human nature and its sometimes and increasingly devastating effects Haunting work by a master Accessible, because, in spite of or for me, because of sort of byzantinely ornamental sentences, the stories are co [...]

    13. ENSAYO L RICO CAMUFLADODel Natural es la primera obra que escribi W.G Sebald, en el a o 1983 Al igual que el resto de sus obras, no resulta un trabajo de f cil clasificaci n Podr a decirse que se trata de un poema en prosa, pero tambi n podr a calificarse como un libro de historia o una especie de diario fuera de lo com n de hecho, Sebald escogi una forma que no volver a a repetir el poema rudimentario , tal y c mo subtitula Del Natural.El poema se divide en tres secciones que funcionan de maner [...]

    14. I ve finished this book but will be dipping back into it, especially the third part, Dark night sallies forth So much mystery, so much beautiful language that is clear yet obscure Normally the poetry I enjoy is straightforward, but I loved this small volume because as I read, I felt always on the brink of something amazing and stunning, compelled to continue with the puzzle.

    15. I like Sebald but this did very little for me The line breaks may have satisfied some internal rhythm of the author but I find them distracting and unnecessary.Having studied the Isenheim Altarpiece extensively, Sebald provided no new insights for me and I was a bit bored The second section on Steller was an improvement while the third and final section was a complete washout for me.

    16. E dalle alture si vedonole ombre fumiganti nella valle di Giosafat.Con un fremito l ago magneticoindica il nord, ne sento il saporegalvanico sulla lingua, al suo interno un prodigiodella fisica, rivestito di un esilestrato di prezioso argento corneo.Il temuto annerimentodi certe parti del corpone la migliore conferma.

    17. Generally, I love Sebald I do think there are particularly beautiful passages in these 3 poems especially the middle one AND IF I REMAINED BY THE OUTERMOST SEA but poetry still remains to be something that I have trouble connecting with.

    18. Sebald s first book, published posthumously, is a short and beautiful three part narrative about a German painter, an exploring who sailed with Bering, and a version of Sebald himself very Sebald The text is lineated like poetry but the prose reads like his later work There is less density to After Nature than Sebald s later novels, but the text still provokes wonder through the arresting use of significant detail and distillation of language.

    19. Sebald s After Nature had strong overtones of my of my favourite A.S Byatt novel s, The Biographer s Tale Like Byatt, Sebald threads his way through three lives the 16th century German painter Matthias Grunewald, the 18th century explorer scientist Georg Wilhelm Steller, and a contemporary narrator who stands in for Sebald himself, a German in England in the 20th century.Through the three stories, Sebald tackles intertwined themes of memory, culture, history, migration in both straightforward an [...]

    20. The only poem which resonated with me was And if I remain by the outermost sea , partly because of dealing with two elderly women s health issues this week While the people he writes about are a curious choice, the form of poetry doesn t seem to be anything special to convey extra than the words of biography Perhaps this is the translation, but I doubt it Mostly it is about facts rather than feel It is distant in time and place I don t get anything extra, except an occasional turn of phrase that [...]

    21. Read this upon the glowing recommendation of Patti Smith who endorses Sebald s long prose poem in her recent memoir, M Train, by exclaiming What a drug this little book is to imbibe it is to find oneself presuming his process I read and feel that same compulsion the desire to possess what he has written, which can only be subdued by writing something myself It is not mere envy but a delusional quickening in the blood And so I came to my reading of After Nature Nach der Natur with rather high exp [...]

    22. After Nature creeps up on the reader, beginning like a distant rumble and building line upon line into a thundering roar In the book s final movement, the noise falls away, signifying a silence louder than any sound, asking questions of the questioner until there seems to be nothing not even an ending Or rather, in the end Sebald asks something of Nothingness with wholehearted expectations of receiving an answer.Let it be said Let it be written I refuse to apologize for this hyperbolic review Co [...]

    23. This is only my second Sebald book, and it has only strengthened my abiding love of his work I can easily get cranky about the current trend to research a subject, and then pretend some degree of research can mean expertise, and so possession of that subject My crankiness with these poems is that the predominant tone of the piece is the poet s pride rather than some remarkableness about the subject.It feels as though Sebald fully possesses whatever he needs to know about his subject, not to prov [...]

    24. In this little but great and even ambitious book Sebald reveals a bit of everything that will show up in all his later work Facts turn into imagination, prose into poetry, and observation into writing For it is hard to discoverthe winged vertebrates of prehistoryembedded in tablets of slate.But if I see before methe nervature of past lifein one image, I always think that this has something to do with truth Our brains, after all,are always at work on some quiversof self organisation, however fain [...]

    25. I feel so stupid only giving this book 2 stars, and the fault is, I m sure, entirely mine I just couldn t really figure it out until the last section poem which finally grabbed me and was quite moving It s not that the writing was bad, it was just I couldn t figure it out, really The first section seemed the most opaque, with the second section a bit transparent and the last section was nearly comprehensible Perhaps that is because it was autobiographical Maybe it was lost in translation or ma [...]

    26. This collection holds three narrative poems, two of which are biographical of remote and seemingly obscure, if not forgotten figures They are the medieval German painter, Matthias Grunewald, and German botanist George Steller The third figure is himself, the author.Here in an evil state of erosionand desolation the heritage of ruiningof life that in the end will consumeeven the stones has been depicted.The book is a projection of the authors melancholic world view, which focuses on how natural t [...]

    27. This is divided into three main sections, entitled As the Snow on the Alps, And If I Remained by the Outermost Sea, and, Dark Night Sallies Forth The 1st is about Matthias Gr newald, a German Renaissance painter The 2nd is about Georg Wilhelm Steller, a botanist explorer of the Enlightenment The last is about the author himself.This was OK but it assumes a lot of knowledge of all of these men to fully appreciate, much less understand, the poems.After reading it I found this essay, primarily abou [...]

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