Title: CAMPO SANTO - Scarce Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 2005
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. 221 pages. Published in 2005. Posthumous collection of essays. One of the greatest literary texts of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents W. G. Sebald's "Campo Santo" in a felicitous English translation. His late collection of literary essays. "Exemplifies the best kind of cosmopolitan literary intelligence: Humane, digressive, erudite, unassuming, and tinged with melancholy. That last quality is particularly important, for if one had to characterize Sebald's ethos, the mood he generates on the page, the themes that haunt him, one could hardly do better than borrow the title of a famous essay by Freud: 'Mourning and Melancholy'. What is Sebald mourning? It's tempting to say, almost fatuously, 'the human condition', for he looks at life with that rare combination of empathetic hyper-sensitivity and analytic coolness that characterizes our greatest interpreters of this heartbreaking world: Rembrandt, Stendhal, Kafka. In particular, Sebald finds himself drawn back repeatedly to the human and material devastation of the Second World War. He chronicles his encounters with the displaced, the exiled, and the broken-hearted. He dramatizes survivor guilt and the loss of identity. He mourns the fate of the Jews, and the fate of the Germans" (The Washington Post). "On every new thing, there lies already the shadow of annihilation. For the history of every individual of every social order, indeed of the whole world, does not describe an ever-widening, more and more wonderful arc, but rather follows a course which, once the meridian is reached, leads without fail down into the dark" (W. G. Sebald). An absolute "must-have" title for W. G. Sebald collectors. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER W. G. SEBALD TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1400062292. Bookseller Inventory # 18672
Synopsis: In this final collection of sixteen essays by W. G. Sebald, one of the most elegant and incisive authors of our time, all of his trademark themes are contained?the power of memory and personal history, the connections between images in the arts and life, the presence of ghosts in places and artifacts.
Four pieces pay tribute to the Mediterranean island of Corsica, weaving elegiacally between past and present. In ?A Little Excursion to Ajaccio,? Sebald visits the birthplace of Napoleon and muses on the hints in his childhood home of a great man?s future. Inspired by an Italian cemetery, ?Campo Santo? is a reverie on death, ranging from the ambiguity of inscriptions to the size of and adornment of gravestones to the blood-soaked legend of Saint Julien.
Sebald also examines how the works of Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll reveal ?the grave and lasting deformities in the emotional lives? of postwar Germans, how Kafka echoes Sebald?s own interest in spirit presences among mortal beings, and how literature can be an attempt at restitution for the injustices of the real world.
Dazzling in its erudition, accessible in its deep emotion, Campo Santo confirms Sebald?s place beside Proust and Nabokov, great writers who perceive the invisible connections that determine our lives.
About the Author:
W. G. SEBALD was born in Wertach im Allgäu, 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 novels? 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. His posthumous publications include On the Natural History of Destruction and After Nature.
Translator ANTHEA BELL won the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for her translation of Austerlitz. She lives in Cambridge, England.
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