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- DescriptionThe work of poet Georg Trakl, a leading Austrian-German expressionist, has been praised by many, including his contemporaries Rainer Maria Rilke and Else Lasker-Schuler, as well as his patron Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein famously wrote that while he did t truly understand Trakl's poems, they had the tone of a truly ingenious person, which pleased him.A Skeleton Plays Violin comprises the final volume in a trilogy of works by Trakl published by Seagull Books. This selection gathers Trakl's early, middle, and late work, ne of it published in book form during his lifetime. The work here ranges widely, from his haunting prose pieces to his darkly beautiful poems documenting the first bloody weeks of World War I on the Eastern Front. Book Three of Our Trakl the series that began with Trakl's first book Poems and his posthumously published Sebastian Dreaming also includes translations of unpublished poems and significant variants. Interpolated throughout this comprehensive and chrological selection is a biographical essay that provides more information about Trakl's gifted and troubled life, especially as it relates to his poetry, as well as the necessary context of his relationship with his favorite sibling, his sister Grete, whose role as a muse to her brother is still highly controversial. Trakl's life was mysterious and fascinating, a fact reflected in his work. A Skeleton Plays Violin should t be missed.
- Author BiographyGeorg Trakl (1887 1914) was an Austrian-German expressionist poet. James Reidel is a poet, editor, biographer, and translator.
- Author(s)Georg Trakl
- PublisherSeagull Books London Ltd
- Date of Publication27/05/2017
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleSB-The German List
- Place of PublicationGreenford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSeagull Books London Ltd
- Width127 mm
- Height216 mm
- Translated byJames Reidel
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