Across the Land and the Water

Selected Poems, 1964-2001

By W. G. Sebald; Iain Galbraith (Translator)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812981100, 166pp.)

Publication Date: April 9, 2013

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“A splendid addition to an already extraordinary oeuvre.”—Teju Cole, The New Yorker
 
German-born W. G. Sebald is best known as the innovative author of Austerlitz, the prose classic of World War II culpability and conscience that put its author in the company of Nabokov, Calvino, and Borges. Now comes the first major collection of this literary master’s poems. Skillfully translated by Iain Galbraith, they range from pieces Sebald wrote as a student in the sixties to those completed right before his untimely death in 2001. In nearly one hundred poems—the majority published in English for the first time—Sebald explores his trademark themes, from nature and history, to wandering and wondering, to oblivion and memory. Soaring and searing, the poetry of W. G. Sebald is an indelible addition to his superb body of work, and this collection is bound to become a classic in its own right.
 
“How fortunate we are to have this writer’s startling imagination freshly on display once again, expressed in language honed to a perfect simplicity.”—Billy Collins
 
“A watershed volume . . . nothing less than transcendent.”—BookPage
 
“[Sebald was] a defining writer of his era.”—The New Republic




About the Author
W. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgau, Germany, in 1944. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland, and Manchester. He taught at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, for thirty years, becoming professor of European literature in 1987, and from 1989 to 1994 was the first director of the British Centre for Literary Translation. His previously translated books--"The Rings of Saturn," "The Emigrants," "Vertigo," and "Austerlitz"--have won a number of international awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award, the Berlin Literature Prize, and the Literatur Nord Prize. He died in December 2001.

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