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German Prose
The Storyteller Essays
The Storyteller Essays
Paperback      ISBN: 1681370581
A new translation of philosopher Walter Benjamin's work as it pertains to his famous essay, The Storyteller, this collection includes short stories, book reviews, parables, and as a selection of writings by other authors who had an influence on Benjamin's work.

"The Storyteller" is one of Walter Benjamin's most important essays, a beautiful and suggestive meditation on the relation between narrative form, social life, and individual existence--and the product of at least a decade's work. What might be called the story of The Storyteller Essays starts in 1926, with a piece Benjamin wrote about the German romantic Johann Peter Hebel. It continues in a series of short essays, book reviews, short stories, parables, and even radio shows for children. This collection brings them all together to give readers a new appreciation of how Benjamin's thinking changed and ripened over time, while including several key readings of his own--texts by his contemporaries Ernst Bloch and Georg Luk cs; by Paul Val ry; and by Herodotus and Montaigne. Finally, to bring things around, there are three short stories by "the incomparable Hebel" with whom the whole intellectual adventure began.
Paperback      ISBN: 1782274758
A collection of the great writer's observations, made during his travels across the Europe he loved so much

When I am on a journey, all ties suddenly fall away. I feel myself quite unburdened, disconnected, free - There is something in it marvellously uplifting and invigorating. Whole past epochs suddenly return: nothing is lost, everything still full of inception, enticement.

For the insatiably curious and ardent Europhile Stefan Zweig, travel was both a necessary cultural education and a personal balm for the depression he experienced when rooted in one place for too long. He spent much of his life weaving between the countries of Europe, visiting authors and friends, exploring the continent in the heyday of international rail travel.

Comprising a lifetime's observations on Zweig's travels in Europe, this collection can be dipped into or savoured at length, and paints a rich and sensitive picture of Europe before the Second World War.
A Place in the Country
A Place in the Country
Paperback      ISBN: 0812979540
A Place in the Country is W. G. Sebald's meditation on the six artists and writers who shaped his creative mind--and the last of this great writer's major works to be translated into English.

This edition includes more than 40 pieces of art, all originally selected by W. G. Sebald.

This extraordinary collection of interlinked essays about place, memory, and creativity captures the inner worlds of five authors and one painter. In his masterly and mysterious style--part critical essay, part memoir--Sebald weaves their lives and art with his own migrations and rise in the literary world.

Here are people gifted with talent and courage yet in some cases cursed by fragile and unstable natures, working in countries inhospitable or even hostile to them. Jean-Jacques Rousseau is conjured on the verge of physical and mental exhaustion, hiding from his detractors on the island of St. Pierre, where two centuries later Sebald took rooms adjacent to his. Eighteenth-century author Johann Peter Hebel is remembered for his exquisite and delicate nature writing, expressing the eternal balance of both the outside world and human emotions. Writer Gottfried Keller, best known for his 1850 novel Green Henry, is praised for his prescient insights into a Germany where "the gap between self-interest and the common good was growing ever wider."

Sebald compassionately re-creates the ordeals of Eduard M rike, the nineteenth-century German poet beset by mood swings, depression, and fainting spells in an increasingly shallow society, and Robert Walser, the institutionalized author whose nearly indecipherable scrawls seemed an attempt to "duck down below the level of language and obliterate himself" (and whose physical appearance and year of death mirrored those of Sebald's grandfather). Finally, Sebald spies a cognizance of death's inevitability in painter Jan Peter Tripp's lovingly exact reproductions of life.

Featuring the same kinds of suggestive and unexplained illustrations that appear in his masterworks Austerlitz and The Rings of Saturn, and translated by Sebald's colleague Jo Catling, A Place in the Country is Sebald's unforgettable self-portrait as seen through the experiences of others, a glimpse of his own ghosts alongside those of the men who influenced him. It is an essential addition to his stunning body of work.

Praise for A Place in the Country

"Measured, solemn, sardonic . . . hypnotic . . . W. G. Sebald's] books, which he made out of classics, remain classics for now."--Joshua Cohen, The New York Times Book Review

"In Sebald's writing, everything is connected, everything webbed together by the unseen threads of history, or chance, or fate, or death. The scholarly craft of gathering scattered sources and weaving them into a coherent whole is transformed here into something beautiful and unsettling, elevated into an art of the uncanny--an art that was, in the end, Sebald's strange and inscrutable gift."--Slate

"Magnificent . . . The multiple layers surrounding each essay are seamless to the point of imperceptibility."--New York Daily News

"Sebald's most tender and jovial book."--The Nation

"Reading A Place in the Country is] like going for a walk with a beautifully talented, deeply passionate novelist from Mars."--New York
Hotel Savoy: Fallmerayer the Stationmaster, the Bust of the Emperor
Hotel Savoy
Fallmerayer the Stationmaster, the Bust of the Emperor
Paperback      ISBN: 0879513306

A novel, together with two novellas, reveals Roth's skill in minute observation and his sensitivity to the tragedy of human life.

On Walter Benjamin: Critical Essays and Recollections
On Walter Benjamin
Critical Essays and Recollections
Hardcover      ISBN: 0262192683

Bringing together the best critical essays on one of the most fascinating literary figures of our time, this book immediately takes its place as a major source for Benjamin scholarship. Hannah Arendt called Walter Benjamin "the outstanding literary critic of the twentieth century" when she introduced him to English-language readers in 1968 with the selection of essays entitled Illuminations. Since then, his life and work have entered the domain of literary legend. The seventeen essays collected here cover the full range of Benjamin's interests, from hashish to Goethe to the modern city. They include important critical essays by Gershom Scholem and J rgen Habermas as well as several moving and evocative recollections of Benjamin by friends and colleagues such as Theodor Adorno and Ernst Bloch. Gary Smith served as coeditor of the seventh volume of Benjamin's Gesammelte Schriften and prepared both the German and English editions of Benjamin's Moscow Diary.

German    Hardcover      ISBN: 3110098865
After the 'Death' of Literature
After the 'Death' of Literature
Hardcover      ISBN: 0854960376

Examines the works of contemporary German writers and the changing contexts of German literature from the 1960s to the 1970s.

Against the Horizon: Feminism and Postwar Austrian Women Writers
Against the Horizon
Feminism and Postwar Austrian Women Writers
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313258635

This is the only English-language book to deal in depth with Austrian women writers of the postwar and contemporary period. It is a comparative study of the works of Marlen Haushofer, Ingeborg Bachmann, Barbara Frischmuth, Elfriede Jelinek, and Brigitte Schwaiger. Their works are examined in light of their criticism of women's position in Austrian society, the writers' relationship to feminism, and the influence of the change in women's status on their literature. Vansant's introduction provides a broad historical overview and discusses some of the factors influencing the development of women's literature in Austria from 1918 to the present.

Alfred Döblin: Erzählkunst Im Umbruch
Alfred Döblin
Erzählkunst Im Umbruch
Other    Hardcover      ISBN: 3110103397
Hardcover      ISBN: 0805212655

The aphorism eludes definition: it can appear to be a random jotting or a more polished observation. Whether arbitrary fragment or crystalline shard, an aphorism captures the inception of a thought. Franz Kafka composed aphorisms during two periods in his life. A series of 109 was written between September 1917 and April 1918, in Z rau, West Bohemia, while Kafka was on a visit to his sister Ottla, hoping for a brief respite following the diagnosis of the tuberculosis virus that would eventually claim his life. They were originally published in 1931, seven years after his death by his friend and literary executor Max Brod, under the title Betrachtungen ber S nde, Hoffnung, Leid, und den wahren Wag (Reflections on Sin, Hope, Suffering, and the True Way). The second sequence of aphorisms, numbering 41, originally appeared as entries in Kafka's diary from January 6 to February 29, 1920. They, too, were published posthumously, under the title "Er" Aufzeichnungen aus dem Jahr 1920 ("He" Reflections from the Year 1920).

Kafka's aphorisms are fascinating glimpses into the lure and the enigma of the form itself.