The Inner Sky: Poems, Notes, Dreams

The Inner Sky: Poems, Notes, Dreams

by Rainer Maria Rilke
     
 

The Inner Sky is a new selection of poems and prose by the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, set with the original text and a facing page translation, and including more than a dozen works that have never before appeared in English. The translations, by the NEA and PEN-award-winning author and translator Damion Searls, are lively, moving, and appealing, and they give

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The Inner Sky is a new selection of poems and prose by the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, set with the original text and a facing page translation, and including more than a dozen works that have never before appeared in English. The translations, by the NEA and PEN-award-winning author and translator Damion Searls, are lively, moving, and appealing, and they give a new voice for Rilke in English: mystical but concrete, like Emily Dickinson or Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Searls's selection of texts clusters around a handful of related images and ideas — birds and trees, giving and receiving, working and waiting, girlhood and gardens — and presents a coherent vision of how we relate to the outer world and inner world of the imagination. Scholars and students of Rilke will benefit from the German and French originals opposite the translations, and two full indices of English and original titles and first lines. An annotated chronology and the translator's afterword complete this rich new volume, a necessary addition to even the most complete Rilke library, and the perfect introduction for those just getting to know this perennial master.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567923889
Publisher:
Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/30/2010
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Rainer Maria Rilke, born on December 4, 1875, in Prague, was the greatest and best-loved European poet of the twentieth century. His major works include New Poems, Requiem (for Paula Modersohn-Becker), Duino Elegies, and The Sonnets to Orpheus, and, in prose, Letters to a Young Poet, Letters on Cezanne, and the novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. He settled in Switzerland after World War I and died there on December 29, 1926.

Damion Searls is the author of Everything You Say Is True, a travelogue, and What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going, stories (Dalkey Archive Press, 2009). He is also an award-winning translator from German, French, Norwegian, and Dutch, most recently of Marcel Proust's On Reading, and the editor of a one-volume abridgment of Thoreau's Journal. More information and excerpts are at www.damionsearls.com.

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