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Autumn Sonata: Selected Poems of Georg Trakl

Trakl, Georg;Simko, Daniel

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ISBN 10: 0918825946 / ISBN 13: 9780918825940
Published by Moyer Bell Ltd, Kingston, Rhode Island, U.S.A., 1989
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: Autumn Sonata: Selected Poems of Georg Trakl

Publisher: Moyer Bell Ltd, Kingston, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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Georg Trakl's poems are considered some of the most difficult for any translator to tackle; his German is dense and sometimes almost impenetrable. Daniel Simko's collection Autumn Sonata, has been lauded for the "simplicity and directness" of its translations, accomplished with out sacrificing the drama of Trakl's rich imagery.Suffering from manic depressive episodes and haunted by his experiences tending the wounded and dying during World War One, Trakl's poems reflect a sense of lostness: nightmare visions and disembodied voices provide an often eccentric perspective of reality. Though he yearns for deliverance, there poems do not anticipate it. Instead, they map the interior landscape of a brilliant, though troubled, spirit.

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Georg Trakl (1887-1914) was born in Austria and published his first collection of poems on 1913. Trained as a pharmacist, his war-time experiences contributed to his death by overdose at the age of 27.

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