Stories of God: A New Translation

Stories of God: A New Translation

by Rainer Maria Rilke
     
 

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Composed in 1899 when Rilke was only twenty-three, the interconnected tales of Stories of God were inspired by a trip to Russia the young poet had made the year previously. It is said that the vastness of the Russian landscape and the profound spirituality he perceived in the simple people he met led him to an experience of finding God in all things, and to

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Composed in 1899 when Rilke was only twenty-three, the interconnected tales of Stories of God were inspired by a trip to Russia the young poet had made the year previously. It is said that the vastness of the Russian landscape and the profound spirituality he perceived in the simple people he met led him to an experience of finding God in all things, and to the conviction that God seeks to be known by us as passionately as we might seek to know God.

All the great themes of Rilke's later powerful and complex poetry can be found in the Stories of God , yet their charming, folktale-like quality has made them among the most accessible of Rilke's works, beloved by all ages.

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"Fluent and engaging."— Library Journal
Library Journal
There is good reason to believe that contemporary America's favorite poet is Rilke, though he never saw this country and died almost 80 years ago. Translations of his poems never fail to arouse the greatest interest, and his words are frequently heard at weddings and other ceremonies of passage. Kohn has retranslated Rilke's fictional response to his reading in Russian Orthodox folk spirituality, and the result is fluent and engaging. For most collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590300381
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
05/27/2003
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
738,047
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.25(d)

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Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) is widely regarded as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. His works include Duino Elegies, The Sonnets to Orpheus, and Letters to a Young Poet.

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