Letters on Life : New Prose Translations
Intimate, stylistically masterful, brilliantly translated and assembled, and brimming with the passion of Rilke, Letters on Life is a font of wisdom and a perfect book for all occasions.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 140 x 184 x 15mm | 227g
- 11 Apr 2006
- Random House USA Inc
- Modern Library Inc
- New York, NY, United States
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-RAINER MARIA RILKE
In this treasury of uncommon wisdom and spiritual insight," the best writings and personal philosophies of one of the twentieth century's greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, are gleaned by Ulrich Baer from thousands of pages of never-before translated correspondence.
The result is a profound vision of how the human drive to create and understand can guide us in every facet of life. Arranged by theme-from everyday existence with others to the exhilarations of love and the experience of loss, from dealing with adversity to the nature of inspiration, here are Rilke's thoughts on how to live life in a meaningful way:
"Life and Living: "How good life is. How fair, how incorruptible, how impossible to deceive: not even by strength, not even by willpower, and not even by courage. How everything remains what it is and has only this choice: to come true, or to exaggerate and push too far."
"Art: "The work of art is adjustment, balance, reassurance. It can be neither gloomy nor full of rosy hopes, for its essence consists of justice."
"Faith: "I personally feel a greater affinity to all those religions in which the middleman is less essential or almost entirely suppressed."
"Love: "To be loved means to be ablaze. To love is: to shine with inexhaustible oil. To be loved is to pass away; to love is to last."
Intimate, stylistically masterful, brilliantly translated, and brimming with the wonder and passion of Rilke, "The Poet's Guide to Life is comparable to the best works of wisdom in all of literature and a perfect book for all occasions.
"From theHardcover edition.
-Burton Pike, professor emeritus of comparative literature at City University of New York
"An indispensable resource."
About Rainer Maria Rilke
ULRICH BAER is the author of Remnants of Song: Trauma and the Experience of Modernity in Charles Baudelaire and Paul Celan, and the editor of 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11. Baer is associate professor of German and comparative literature at New York University and chair of the German department.