Darkness and a Little Light

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A P.O.W. in Russia after WWII, Bobrowski 1917-1965 returned to his forever-changed native province, former East Prussia, in 1949. His lost homeland - which he called by the region's ancient name of Sarmartia - haunts all his work. Full of longing and an astonishing poetic beauty, his stories are visionary elegies to vanished ways of life. Some of the stories, set in the nineteenth century or in the darkness of WWII, are directly elegiac. But tales relating the dreary, oversynthesized reality of East German life ...
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A P.O.W. in Russia after WWII, Bobrowski 1917-1965 returned to his forever-changed native province, former East Prussia, in 1949. His lost homeland - which he called by the region's ancient name of Sarmartia - haunts all his work. Full of longing and an astonishing poetic beauty, his stories are visionary elegies to vanished ways of life. Some of the stories, set in the nineteenth century or in the darkness of WWII, are directly elegiac. But tales relating the dreary, oversynthesized reality of East German life in the '50s and '60s are also shot through with piercing traces of an older, more richly atmospheric world of nature and memory. Complex, melancholic, and dreamlike, the stories of Darkness and a Little Light have never before been available in English. In the hands of distinguished translator Leila Vennewitz they attain their full measure of beauty and mystery.
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East German poet Bobrowski (1917-1965) wrote darkly beautiful, pensive stories reflecting his Jewish, German and Eastern European ancestry, his sense of displacement (he was interned in a Russian POW camp until 1949) and his yearning for a vanished way of life more rooted in nature and tradition. Several of these 12 deftly translated stories are suggestive, fragmentary sketches or anecdotes; some stitch together overheard conversations, memories and night thoughts, like the haunting title piece, which oscillates between affirmation and existential despair. Others resemble wish-fulfillment fairy tales; for example, ``Lithuanian Story,'' about a beggar who throws coins into a lake, hoping to drown a Tsarist general, or ``Mouse Feast,'' in which an elderly Jewish shopkeeper desperately asks the moon how to respond to the German invasion of his native Poland. The collection's strongest story, ``Boehlendorff,'' magnificently profiles fiery, erratic Baltic poet Kasimir Boehlendorff, charting his wanderings in revolutionary Europe between 1797 and 1825. The bard's prefigurement of a new secular order that is free from political oppression and religious superstition ends ironically, with his suicide. (Oct.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780811212595
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.29 (w) x 7.83 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

The Lipmann Boy 3
Letter from America 15
Lithuanian Story 21
Young Man at the Window 25
Interior 33
In Fingal's House 37
Mouse Feast 45
Valery or the Beans 53
That Was Really the End 57
Darkness and Little Light 63
Bochlendorff 81
The Little Owl 109
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