After Nature (Modern Library Paperbacks) by W. G. Sebald

By W. G. Sebald

After Nature, W. G. Sebald’s first literary paintings, now translated into English by means of Michael Hamburger, explores the lives of 3 males hooked up by means of their stressed wondering of humankind’s position within the wildlife. From the efforts of every, “an order arises, in locations appealing and comforting, even though extra merciless, too, than the former kingdom of ignorance.” the 1st determine is the good German Re-naissance painter Matthias Grünewald. the second one is the Enlightenment botanist-explorer Georg Steller, who followed Bering to the Arctic. The 3rd is the writer himself, who describes his wanderings between landscapes scarred by means of the wrecked certainties of past ages.

After Nature introduces some of the issues that W. G. Sebald explored in his next books. A haunting imaginative and prescient of the waxing and waning tides of beginning and devastation that lie at the back of and earlier than us, it confirms the author’s place as probably the most profound and unique writers of our time.

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8. el flaco las greñas paradas el feo el snowflake (he was dark) el dormido el cabeza de cebolla el retrato sin palabras or when my grandma felt sorry for sin palabras: el no name 47 M O N A’ S M A N N E R with Jean Genet _____________ Mona? She’s out of this world. All the guys in her cell feel it. And in the cells around too, and the whole prison and all the prisons in France. She shines. She beams. She’s white but she lights up the whole two thousand cells. No one’ll ever get her down. She’s the real boss of the prison.

A night at Sunbeam Lake can last only as long as a young man’s internal countdown before the rocket in his pants launches to the moon. Of course, the young lady will either accept this young man’s attempt, or will conversely send him sputtering helplessly toward the black hole of his existence. 18 II HOMELAND SECURITY Just heard my tía’s been busted by Homeland Security for using an underground tunnel that stretches from Mexicali to Kansas City, Missouri. Bah! Smuggling what? How many pounds of marijuana did those desgraciados have to plant in her car?

You’re letting these evil-thinking men into our Catholic home! My chanclas will always be missing. Our bills will go unpaid, and your mother will blame me. Our electricity flickering down to its last speck of light each month while your mom begs the electric company to give her another chance because she has kids that need to see to do their homework, and she’ll blame me, angry, embarrassed, sad woman, your mother. Then you’ll file them in your Trapper Keeper, cabrón, and take them to school. You’ll get F’s on your report cards because of them, they’ll let the air out of my tires and make me miss parent conferences with your teachers, their words will seep into our plumbing and infect our water, intoxicating me, and they’ll make me have girlfriends when I love your mother so much.

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