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  • Published: 19 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9780241966006
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

After Nature



First published in Germany in 1988, this long prose poem is now translated into English by the award-winning poet and translator, Michael Hamburger.

"A deeply intelligent book, but also a marvellously warm and intelligent one" Andrew Motion

Three men walk the pages of W. G. Sebald's first literary work -- the painter Mathias Grünewald, the botanist G. W. Steller and W. G. Sebald himself. Written as a long poem in three parts, AFTER NATURE delves into each of these lives in turn, teasing out the haunting uncertainties of the past and revealing the terrible burden that history places on all of our shoulders.

  • Published: 19 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9780241966006
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128

About the author

W. G. Sebald

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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