Looking for something to buy a W.G. Sebald reader for the holidays?
Go to Amazon.de, and do a search for Teddy Bear mit Ich liebe Sebald to see if this wonderful teddy bear is still available for a mere 11.99 Euros.
I just bought: Adam Zagajewski / Eternal enemies, a marvelous book of poems, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. One of the poems is dedicated to W.G. Sebald:
In memoriam W.G. Sebald
I never met him, I only knew
his books and the odd photos, as if
purchased in a secondhand shop, and human
fates discovered secondhand,
and a voice quietly narrating,
a gaze that caught so much,
a gaze turned back,
avoiding neither fear
and our world in his prose,
our world, so calm – but
full of crimes perfectly forgotten,
even in lovely towns
on the coast of one sea or another,
our world full of empty churches,
rutted with railroad tracks, scars
of ancient trenches, highways,
cleft by uncertainty, our blind world
smaller now by you.
(Translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh)
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