Novemberland: Selected Poems 1956-1993

Overview

These fifty-four poems, spanning four decades, depict a landscape at once recognizably mundane and grotesquely surreal. Grass's spirited humor and linguistic creativity transcend the cant of political poetry. The German originals face the translation. Translated by Michael Hamburger. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Overview

These fifty-four poems, spanning four decades, depict a landscape at once recognizably mundane and grotesquely surreal. Grass's spirited humor and linguistic creativity transcend the cant of political poetry. The German originals face the translation. Translated by Michael Hamburger. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Editorial Reviews

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Known primarily as a novelist in this country, Grass has also produced a significant body of graphic art, drama, and poetry. This anthology contains 54 poems in the original German with facing page translations by the esteemed Hamburger, whose published translations of Grass poems began more than 30 years ago. This volume includes selections from all of Grass's major collections, beginning with Die Vorzge der Windhhner and ending with Novemberland, 13 sonnets published in 1993, all of which appear here. Grass's poems treat many of the same motifs as his novels, and all document his fascination with Poland, Danzig, and recent German history. Despite an absence of commentary, this is a necessary addition to any collection of the author's works.Michael T. O'Pecko, Towson State Univ., Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156003315
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/29/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

G√úNTER GRASS was born in Danzig, Germany, in 1927. He is the widely acclaimed author of numerous books, including The Tin Drum, My Century, Crabwalk, and Peeling the Onion. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999.

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Table of Contents

Flag of Poland 3
Lament on Black Ice 5
Prophets' Fare 9
Quarrel 11
Construction Work 13
V for Volant Bird 15
Nursery Rhyme 21
The Scarecrows 23
Magical Exercise with the Brides of Christ 27
Racine Has His Coat of Arms Altered 33
Poultry in the Central Cemetery 37
The Curtain Sermon 39
Between Marathon and Athens 43
On White Paper 45
The Great Rubblewoman Speaks 47
Yes 59
Writing 63
Ivy - The Growth Rate of Immortality 67
Double Portrait 69
The Firstborn 71
Tour de France 73
Sunday Morning 75
Decadence 77
The Whip 79
United Germany Festival, March 81
Love Tested 87
But Still 89
Your Ear 91
As Though without Reason 93
Scenic Madrigal 95
Comforted 99
Demeter 101
How I See Myself 103
At the End 107
Too Much 109
Both 113
The Lie 117
Kinds of Death 119
Coffin Nails 121
My Shoe 123
Our Litter Which 127
Leave-taking (from Die Rattin, 1986) 129
What's Ours 139
Novemberland 141
Late Sunflowers 143
All Souls 145
Gale Warning 147
Before the First Sunday in Advent 149
Unplanned 151
Persistent Rain 153
The Fortress Grows 155
Defoliated 157
After Brief Illness 159
In Clear Perspective 161
Who's Coming? 163
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