By (author) Friedrich Hölderlin, Translated by Ross Benjamin

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  • Format: Paperback | 236 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 170mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0979333024
  • ISBN 13: 9780979333026
  • Sales rank: 152,119

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Hyperion is a novel of remarkable emotional force, poetic sublimity, and enduring influence. This sole novel by the iconic German lyric poet explores the pivotal phases of a poet's life journey, the struggle for freedom, the divinity of nature and love, and the meaning of solitude. Friedrich Hlderlin's gestures toward a higher spiritual unity left their mark on the founding texts of the nineteenth century. Friedrich Hlderlin (17701843) has achieved recognition as one of the greatest German poets of lyrical verse. His work had a profound influence on German Romanticism. Ross Benjamin is a freelance writer and translator living in Brooklyn, New York. His reviews have appeared in Bookforum, The Nation, and The New York Times,

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Friedrich Holderlin (1770-1843) is widely regarded as one of the greatest German lyric poets. In addition to his poetry and Hyperion, his only novel, he began work on a tragedy, The Death of Empedocles, which he never completed. The creative period of his life was cut short by a mental breakdown that confined him to a tower in Tu?bingen from 1807 until his death in 1843. His work had a profound influence on Hegel, Nietzsche, Rilke, Heidegger, and Celan. Ross Benjamin is a freelance writer and translator living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Bookforum, The Nation, The New York Times, and other publications. His translation of Kevin Vennemann's Nahe Jedenew (Close to Jedenew) is forthcoming.

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"The greatest lyric poets, for instance Holderlin or Keats, are men in whom the mythic power of insight breaks forth again in its full intensity and objectifying power..." Ernst Cassirer in "Language and Myth", 1946 "But if there were words with which to grasp the relation between myth and the inner life from which the later poem sprang it would be those of Holderlin 'Myths, which take leave of the earth, / They return to mankind.'" Walter Benjamin "In the euphonious movement of its prose, in the sublimity and beauty of the figures that appear in it, it makes an impression upon me similar to the beat of the waves of the troubled sea. Indeed, this prose is music, soft melting sounds interrupted by painful dissonances, finally expiring in dark, uncanny dirges." Friedrich Nietzsche "The German poet Friedrich Holderlin unquestionably belongs in the intense company of Shelley, Kleist, Novalis, Lenz, and Buchner.... [Holderlin's] is one of the great writers' lives, full of intensity and movement, work and projects, abrupt departures and friendships ....it was reading Holderlin that gave Rilke the impetus for his "Duino Elegies"." Michael Hofmann