Inner Sky [The]: Poems, Notes, Dreams - A Bilingual Edition

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215 x 138 mm. 160pp [In stock in Australia NOW, for immediate delivery]

Winner of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts translation grant.

The Inner Sky is a new selection of poems and prose by the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, set with the original text and a facing page translation, and including more than a dozen works that have never before appeared in English. The translations, by the NEA and PEN-award-winning author and translator Damion Searls, are lively, moving, and appealing, and they give a new voice for Rilke in English: mystical but concrete, like Emily Dickinson or Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Searls' selection of texts clusters around a handful of related images and ideas - birds and trees, giving and receiving, working and waiting, girlhood and gardens - and presents a coherent vision of how we relate to the outer world and inner world of the imagination.

Scholars and students of Rilke will benefit from the German and French originals opposite the translations, and two full indices of English and original titles and first lines. An annotated chronology and the translator's afterword complete this rich new volume, a necessary addition to even the most complete Rilke library, and the perfect introduction for those just getting to know this perennial master.

Rainer Maria Rilke was born on December 4, 1875 in Prague. He published his first book of poetry in 1894. The lover of Lou Andreas-Salomé and secretary to Auguste Rodin, Rilke went on to become a famous figure in his own right, publishing his great book, New Poems, in 1907. After WWI, he moved permanently to Switzerland where he wrote the Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus in the last years of his life. He died of leukaemia on December 29, 1926. Damion Searls is a translator from German, Norwegian, French, and Dutch and the author of What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going (2009).
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SKU 9781567923889
Barcode # 9781567923889
Brand Godine
Artist / Author Rainer Maria RILKE

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