The Book of Images

The Book of Images : Poems / Revised Bilingual Edition

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 20mm | 318g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 086547477X
  • 9780865474772
  • 168,608

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Now substantially revised by translator Edward Snow, this bilingual edition of The Book of Images contains a number of Rilke's previously untranslated poems, as well as many of his best -loved lyrics.
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"Snow, who so insightfully translated the two volumes of Rilke's New Poems, has now turned to The Book of Images, one of the poet's most startling and diverse masterworks. Snow has rendered with great skill and accuracy a work both familiar and unknown, more complicated and more immediate than many have suspected, at once grave, mysterious, and beautiful." --Edward Hirsch

"How much setting straight Snow's new translation of The Book of Images accomplishes! With these sorrowing and luminous poems to lead up to Snow's two volumes of the New Poems, it is possible to gain, for the first time in English, a consistent perspective of Rilke's difficult canon, here restored and disclosed to stunning effect." --Richard Howard
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About Rainer Maria Rilke

Edward Snow has received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his many renderings of Rilke. The author of A Study of Vermeer and Inside Breughel, he teaches at Rice University.
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