Book of Hours by Rainer Rilke
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Book of Hours
By Rainer Rilke

The Book of Hours

Prayers to a Lowly God New edition

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Translated by Annemarie S. Kidder See other recent books by Annemarie S. Kidder
Format: Paperback

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Book of Hours by Rainer Rilke

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This a complete translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's "The Book of Hours" that restores to the English-speaking reader a critical work in the development of a significant figure in 20th-century German poetry. Conveying an almost mystical conception of the relationship between God, the human being and nature, "The Book of Hours" ("Das Stundenbuch", first published in 1905) is a series of intimate prayers written as if by a Russian monk turned painter - writings that bring to bear the profound influence of Rilke's journeys to Russia and Italy at the turn of the century. A tripartite work comprised of "The Book of the Monkish Life", "The Book of Pilgrimage", and "The Book of Poverty and Death", the book is published here in a bilingual format, with the original German and the English translation on facing pages. Annemarie S. Kidder's translation imitates Rilke's uncomplicated and melodic flow, his rhythm and, where possible, his rhyme, while remaining true to content. Each line closely reflects the thought of the original as it strives to preserve Rilke's simplicity of style, economy of words, and candour in addressing God. Kidder's introduction and commentary offer historical and interpretive background information, largely from Rilke's own diaries and correspondence, chronicling the influence of various geographical settings on the writing of "The Book of Hours" and illustrating his own spiritual quest. Also included are translated excerpts from an earlier manuscript of "The Book of Hours", along with prose inserts that interpret the reading of the poetry.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780810118881
ISBN-10: 0810118882
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 14mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Letters on God and Letters to a Young Woman by Rainer Rilke Letters on God and Letters to a Young Woman, Paperback (May 2012)

"Letters on God originally published in German by Insel-Verlag under the title eUber Gott, (c)1933 by Insel-Verlag, Leipzig. Letters to a Young Woman originally published in German by Insel-Verlag under the title Briefe an eine junge Frau, (c)1930 by Insel-Verlag, Leipzig."--T.p. verso.

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Author Biography - Rainer Rilke

RAINER MARIA RILKE (1875-1926) is the author of Duino Elegies, Sonnets to Orpheus, and Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Bilingual editions of the Duino Elegies and New Poems are published by Northwestern University Press. ANNEMARIE S. KIDDER, interim associate pastor at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, has translated works by Luise Schottroff, Raimon Panikkar, and Jurgen Becker.

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