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Duino Elegies (German, Paperback): Rainer Rilke, Edward Snow Duino Elegies (German, Paperback)
Rainer Rilke, Edward Snow
R295 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R59 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angelic
orders? and even if one of them pressed me
suddenly to his heart: I'd be consumed
in that overwhelming existence. For beauty is nothing
but the beginning of terror, which we can just barely endure,
and we stand in awe of it as it coolly disdains
to destroy us. Every angel is terrifying.
-from "The First Elegy"

Over the last fifteen years, in his two volumes of New Poems as well as in The Book of Images and Uncollected Poems, Edward Snow has emerged as one of Rainer Maria Rilke's most able English-language interpreters. In his translations, Snow adheres faithfully to the intent of Rilke's German while constructing nuanced, colloquial poems in English.

Written in a period of spiritual crisis between 1912 and 1922, the poems that compose the Duino Elegies are the ones most frequently identified with the Rilkean sensibility. With their symbolic landscapes, prophetic proclamations, and unsettling intensity, these complex and haunting poems rank among the outstanding visionary works of the century.

Catalogue of the Valuable and Extensive Library of Books on Angling... (Paperback): Edward Snow Catalogue of the Valuable and Extensive Library of Books on Angling... (Paperback)
Edward Snow
R349 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R69 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rilke and Andreas-Salome - A Love Story in Letters (Paperback, Norton Paperbac): Rainer Maria Rilke, Lou Andreas-Salome Rilke and Andreas-Salome - A Love Story in Letters (Paperback, Norton Paperbac)
Rainer Maria Rilke, Lou Andreas-Salome; Translated by Edward Snow; Notes by Edward Snow; Translated by Michael Winkler; Notes by …
R523 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R80 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

He would become one of the most important poets of the twentieth century; she a muse of Europe's fin-de-siecle thinkers and artists. In this collection of letters, a finalist for the PEN USA translation award, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome, a writer and intellectual fourteen years his senior, pen a relationship that spans thirty years and shifting boundaries: as lovers, as mentor and protege, and as deep personal and literary allies."

Diaries of a Young Poet (Paperback, New Ed): Rainer Maria Rilke Diaries of a Young Poet (Paperback, New Ed)
Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow, Michael Winkler
R440 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R62 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"In the diaries [Rilke] kept from 1898 to 1900, now translated for the first time . . . the overall impression is that of a genius just coming into his own powers."—Boston Phoenix

In April 1898 Rainer Maria Rilke, not yet twenty-three, began a diary of his Florence visit. It was to record, in the form of an imaginary dialogue with his mentor and then-lover, Lou Andreas-Salome, his firsthand experiences of early Renaissance art. The project quickly expanded to include not only thoughts on life, history, and artistic genius, but also unguarded moments of revulsion, self-doubt, and manic expectation. The result is an intimate glimpse into the young Rilke, already experimenting brilliantly with language and metaphor.

"For the lover of Rilke, this superb translation of the poet's early diaries will be a watershed. Through Edward Snow's and Michael Winkler's brilliantly supple and faithful translation . . . a new and more balanced picture of Rilke will emerge."—Ralph Freedman

Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome - The Correspondence (Hardcover): Rainer Maria Rilke, Lou Andreas-Salome Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome - The Correspondence (Hardcover)
Rainer Maria Rilke, Lou Andreas-Salome; Translated by Edward Snow, Michael Winkler
R845 R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Save R64 (8%) Out of stock

He would become one of the most important poets of the twentieth century; she was the uber-muse of Europe's turn-of-the-century thinkers and artists. In this never-before-translated collection of letters spanning almost thirty years, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome, a writer and intellectual fourteen years his senior, pen a relationship that moves from that of lovers to that of mentor and protege, to that of deepest personal and literary allies. From the time of their first meeting and consequent affair to Rilke's death in 1926, Rilke and Salome reeled through extremes of love, pain, annoyance, desire, and need yet guided each other in one of the most fruitful artistic exchanges in twentieth-century literature. Despite illness, distance, and emotional and psychological pain, they managed to cultivate, through strikingly honest prose, an enduring and indispensable friendship, a decades-long heartfelt dialogue that encompassed love, art, and the imagination."

A Study of Vermeer, Revised and Enlarged edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Edward Snow A Study of Vermeer, Revised and Enlarged edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Edward Snow
R905 R810 Discovery Miles 8 100 Save R95 (10%) Out of stock

We respond so intensely to Vermeer, suggests Edward Snow in this landmark study of the artist, because his paintings reach so deeply into our lives. Our desire for images, the distances that separate us, the validations we seek from the still world, the traces of ghostliness in our own human presence - these are Vermeer's themes. Whether his paintings depict a remote view of the everyday life of a city, an intimate exchange between a man and a woman, or a solitary figure absorbed in some familiar activity, their quiet realism is in dialogue with the uncanny, and has the power both to estrange and reassure. Scenes like A View of Delft can make us feel, in Snow's words, "either that we are in the hands of God or that all passes into oblivion, either that we are weighted down or weightlessly suspended, either that the world is there beneath our feet or that nothing exists beyond the moment of perception". As the author traces the elaborately counterpoised sensations that make up Vermeer's equanimity, he opens our eyes to a depicted world where nuances proliferate and details continually surprise. A Study of Vermeer, first published in 1979 and here presented in a revised and intricately enlarged version, is passionate and visual in its commitments. Snow works from the conviction that viewing pictures is a reciprocal act - symbiotic, consequential, real. His analysis of Vermeer's paintings are focused on details and conducted in a language of patient observation; at the same time they bring the act of looking to the viewing threshold, where imperatives of distance-keeping mingle with fantasies of crossing over and taking apart. Such close attention to the paintings involves the reader in anexperience of deepening relationship and ongoing visual discovery. A Study of Vermeer has been designed to facilitate this process: over eighty illustrations, fifty-nine in color (including two full-page foldouts), accompany the text so that the details under discussion will be continuously in view. The result is a book to enthrall not only students of Vermeer but anyone who feels the exhilaration of what Cezanne called "thinking in images".

The Book of Images - Poems / Revised Bilingual Edition (Paperback, Revbiling): Rainer Maria Rilke The Book of Images - Poems / Revised Bilingual Edition (Paperback, Revbiling)
Rainer Maria Rilke; Translated by Edward Snow
R386 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R73 (19%) Out of stock

Now substantially revised by Edward Snow, whom Denise Levertov once called "far and away Rilke's best translator," this bilingual edition of The Book of Images contains a number of the great poet's previously untranslated pieces. Also included are several of Rilke's best-loved lyrics, such as "Autumn," "Childhood," "Lament," "Evening," and "Entrance."

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