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(11/16/2008) Darkness & A Little Light by Johannes Bobrowski. New York. 1994. New Directions. Translated From The German by Leila Vennewitz. keywords: Literature Germany Translated. 111 pages. Jacket watercolor, Owl in Flight Before a Full Moon, by Caspar David Friedrich; design by Semadar Megged. 0811212599.

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   DARKNESS AND A LITTLE LIGHT presents a dozen gorgeous stories by the great Johannes Bobrowski, widely regarded as 'the most distinctive poet to have emerged from East Germany' A P. O. W. in Russia after WWII, Bobrowski returned to his forever-changed native province, former East Prussia, in 1949. His lost homeland--which he called by the region's ancient name of Sarmartia--haunts all his work. Full of longing and an astonishing poetic beauty, his stories are visionary elegies to vanished ways of life. Some of the stories, set in the nineteenth century or in the darkness of WWII, are directly elegiac. But tales relating the dreary, oversynthesized reality of East German life in the '50s and '60s are also shot through with piercing traces of an older, more richly atmospheric world of nature and memory. Complex, melancholic, and dreamlike, the stories of DARKNESS AND A LITTLE LIGHT have never before been available in English. In the hands of distinguished translator Leila Vennewitz they attain their full measure' of beauty and mystery. 'I admire these brief stories or prose poems of Bobrowski very much. They stay marvelously in the world of the senses and yet the other world, the world of `darkness and little light' is always near. In their forgiveness of life, they have the gentleness of Tomas Transtromer, and in their clarity, some of the harshness of Brecht. What a pleasure to welcome Johannes Bobrowski to American readers.' - Robert Bly.

Johannes Bobrowski was born in 1917 in Tilsit, East Prussia, the son of a German railway man. His cultural mix comprised German, Jewish, Lithuanian, and Polish roots--his great-great uncle was Joseph Conrad. Drafted into the Wehrmacht in 1939, Bobrowski fought on the Eastern front, and was a P. O. W. in Russia until 1949. He then settled in East Berlin, working as a reader for a publishing company, rearing a family, and achieving fame as a poet. He died in 1965.

Probably most famous for her translations of the works of Heinrich Boll, Leila Vennewitz has won several prestigious awards for her work, including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize, the Goethe House-P. E. N. Prize, and the German Literary Prize from the American Translators Association. She has recently translated novels by Alfred Andersch and Uwe Timm for New Directions.

 

 

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