Reading Rilke Reflections on the Problems of Translations
By (author) William H. Gass
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Reading Rilke Reflections on the Problems of Translations by William H. Gass
Book DescriptionThe greatly esteemed essayist, novelist, and philosopher reflects on the art of translation and on rainer maria rilke's duino elegies-and gives us his own translation of Rilke's masterwork.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465026227
(203mm x 127mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William H. Gass
Reading Rilke, Paperback (December 2015)
Includes poems translated from the German.
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country, Paperback (December 2014)
The two novellas and three short stories it contains are all set in the Midwest, and together they offer a mythical reimagining of America's heartland, with its punishing extremes of heat and cold, its endless spaces and claustrophobic households, its hidden and baffled desires, its lurking threat of violence.
World Within the Word, Paperback (July 2014)
Reprint of the 1st ed. Published in 1971.
Tests of Time, Paperback (July 2014)» View all books by William H. Gass
In "Tests of Time" (2003), Gass shares his thoughts about writing, reading, culture, history, politics, and public opinion, including essays on classic writers and contemporaries, literary "lists" and their use, the extent and cost of political influences on writers, and the First Amendment. First published by University of Chicago Press.
US Kirkus Review » The American novelist probes the Austrian's metaphysical poetry with exceptional clarity of mind, verbal grace, and shrewd skepticism. Apart from his five works of fiction, Gass has published five books of literary and philosophical essays (Finding a Form, 1996, etc.). By now there can be no doubt that he's one of our foremost public critics of literature. This new book - dedicated entirely to Rilke and focusing special, superbly concentrated attention on the Duino Elegies - has the effect of a declaration of love. It comes as no surprise: readers of Gass know him to be in love with language; and Rilke, as Gass presents him, is the century's supreme master of verbal dance. But Gass is also a professor of philosophy at Washington University and not much inclined to the kind of gushy imprecision that Rilke's poetry has sometimes evoked in admirers. Gass may love Rilke's poetry, but he also presses it with hard-nosed questions and demands. The result is as impressive as it is engrossing. He explores problems of translation in a workmanlike way. His German is evidently flawless, and his commentaries on the many translations of the Elegies are acerbic, generous, and revealing. In addition, be concludes the book with his own translations of these very difficult poems. Gass's are certainly among the best renditions of Rilke into English. His gift for metaphor and his uncanny ability to mimic Rilke's cadences (very different from his own) are striking. But perhaps most satisfying of all is Gass's thought about poetry itself as an autonomous way of knowing the world. Rilke's poetry "sets the mind free of the world. Free to see and feel afresh the very world it's been freed from." A book not only for people interested in Rilke or Gass, but for anyone who takes poetry seriously. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - William H. Gass
William Gass is the author of five books of fiction and five books of essays. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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