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Unrecounted by W. G. Sebald
Book DescriptionUnrecounted combines thirty-three of what W. G. Sebald called his "micropoems"-miniatures as unclassifiable as all of his works-with thirty-three exquisitely exact lithographs by one of his oldest friends, the acclaimed artist Jan Peter Tripp. The lithographs portray, with stunning precision, pairs of eyes-the eyes of Beckett, Borges, Proust Jasper Johns, Francis Bacon, Tripp, Sebald, Sebald's dog Maurice. Brief as haiku, the poems are epiphanic and anti-narrative. What the author calls "time lost, the pain of remembering, and the figure of death" here find a small home. The art and poems do not explain one another, but rather engage in a kind of dialogue. "The longer I look at the pictures of Jan Peter Tripp," Sebald comments in his essay, "the better I understand that behind the illusions of the surface, a dread-inspiring depth is concealed. It is the metaphysical lining of reality, so to speak."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780811215961
(262mm x 165mm x 17mm)
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author W. G. Sebald
Place in the Country, Paperback (March 2014)
When the author travelled to Manchester in 1966, he packed in his bags certain literary favourites which would remain central to him throughout the rest of his life and during his years in England. In this book, he reflects on six of the figures who shaped him as a person and as a writer, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Jan Peter Tripp.
Air Raid, Hardback (July 2013)
Incorporating photographs, diagrams, and drawings, the author captures the overwhelming rapidity and totality of the organized destruction of his town from numerous perspectives, bringing to life both the strategy from above and the futility of the response on the ground.
Urn Burial, Paperback (December 2012)
Urn Burial, one of the most influential essays in Western literature, is now available as a New Directions Pearl.
Across the Land and the Water, Paperback (October 2012)» View all books by W. G. Sebald
A selection of poetry by W G Sebald. It brings together poems from throughout W G Sebald's life as well as additional works found after his death. It is arranged chronologically, from his student days in the 1960s to the longer narratives he worked on in the 1980s.
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Author Biography - W. G. Sebald
W. G. Sebald was born in Germany in 1944 and died in 2001. He is the author of The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz, After Nature, On the Natural History of Destruction, Unrecounted and Campo Santo. Jan Peter Tripp was born in 1945 and lives and works in Alsace. Michael Hamburger (1924-2007) wrote many collections of poetry and criticism. Other notable translations include Baudelaire's Twenty Prose Poems. He received the European Translation Prize for Poems of Paul Celan.
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