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Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems 1964-2001 [Hardcover]

W. G. Sebald , Iain Galbraith
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3 Nov 2011

Across the Land and the Water is a stunningly beautiful selection of poetry by W. G. Sebald.

Across the Land and the Water brings together poems from throughout W. G. Sebald's life as well as additional works found after his death. Arranged chronologically, from his student days in the 1960s to the longer narratives he worked on in the 1980s, these poems are suffused by the themes which dominated Sebald's books. Here you will find subtle vignettes on nature and history, death and memory, journeys and landscapes, each short piece filled with insight, sensitivity and brilliance.

'An important book . . . full of things that are beautiful and fascinating' Andrew Motion, Guardian

'When you read Sebald you are transported to another realm. Reading him is a truly sublime experience' Literary Review

'Gracefully unsettling. The poems invest every landscape with an archaeologist's sense of the pain, toil and loss secreted in each layer of soil' Independent

'One of the most important writers of our time' A. S. Byatt

'Delightful' Economist

'Show a humane and complex intelligence and deserve a place next to Sebald's prose output' New Statesman

W. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgäu, Germany, in 1944 and died in December 2001. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland and Manchester. In 1996 he took up a position as an assistant lecturer at the University of Manchester and settled permanently in England in 1970. He was Professor of European Literature at the University of East Anglia and is the author of The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz, After Nature, On the Natural History of Destruction, Campo Santo, Unrecounted, A Place in the Country.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241144736
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241144732
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgäu, in the Bavarian Alps, in 1944. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland and Manchester. In 1966 he took up a position as an assistant lecturer at the University of Manchester, settling permanently in England in 1970. He was professor of Modern German Literature at the University of East Anglia, and is the author of The Emigrants which won the Berlin Literature Prize, the Literatur Nord Prize and the Johannes Bobrowski Medal, The Rings of Saturn and Austerlitz. W. G. Sebald died in 2001.

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Marvellously warm, exciting and compassionate (Andrew Motion)

Astonishing writing. A true poet at work (Evening Standard)

When you read Sebald you are transported to another realm. Reading him is a truly sublime experience (Literary Review)

Sebald reminds me of the humanist tradition of Günter Grass or Heinrich Böll, company he unquestioningly belongs to as poet, essayist and prose writer, one of the greatest artists of our time (Gerald Dawe Irish Times)

The poems . . . show a humane and complex intelligence at work and deserve a place next to Sebald's prose output (New Statesman)

About the Author

W.G. Sebald is one of very few German writers of the last few decades to have attracted both a broad readership in the UK and an international following of journalists and scholars alike. He has proved a huge inspiration not just to younger writers but also to artists and photographers fascinated by the use of imagery and images in his work. His books include Austerlitz, The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn and After Nature.

Iain Galbraith is a widely published translator of German into English. He won the John Dryden Prize for Literary Translation in 2004.


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5.0 out of 5 stars SUBLIME AND MESMERIZING 16 Dec 2013
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So far i can say that Sebald is a magician, he drives us away from us us, and into him.
What a waste to have lost the possibility to continue delighting us so bloody soon.
My first book was Austerlitz and immediatly after i have bought all the others ... and they seem very few .
Anyway, these are all books that you revisit the minute you finish them.
They immediatly become part of our BEST FRIENDS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Sebald fans. 15 Sep 2013
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It was a surprise to find he wrote poetry, it is readable like all Sebalds work, pity he has passed away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Across the Land and the Water 28 Dec 2011
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W.G. Sebald was a writer of erudition and wide interest; his selected poems in this edition illustrate his qualities very well.
The poems were composed throughout his life alongside the prose works for which he is perhaps better known. They reflect some of the preoccupations of his prose, perhaps demanding even more of a reader but offering rewards as great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful writing 9 July 2012
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beautiful writing as always - why did he have to leave us all so early? This collection makes you appreciate how he developed, and what a great writer he was.
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