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Letters on Life New Prose Translations

ISBN-10: 0812969022
ISBN-13: 9780812969023
Edition: 2006
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Description: Gleaned from Rainer Maria Rilke’s voluminous, never-before-translated correspondence, this volume offersthe best writings and personal philosophy of one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets. The result is a profound vision of how the human  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/11/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440

Gleaned from Rainer Maria Rilke’s voluminous, never-before-translated correspondence, this volume offersthe best writings and personal philosophy of one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets. 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 infuse everyday life with beauty, wonder, and meaning. 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.

Ulrich Baer is Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University.

Introduction
On Life and Living: You Have to Live Life to the Limit
On Being with Others: To Be a Part, That Is Fulfillment for Us
On Work: Get Up Cheerfully on Days You Have to Work
On Difficulty and Adversity: The Measure by Which We May Know Our Strength
On Childhood and Education: This Joy in Daily Discovery
On Nature: It Knows Nothing of Us
On Solitude: The Loneliest People Above All Contribute Most to Commonality
On Illness and Recovery: Pain Tolerates No Interpretation
On Loss, Dying, and Death: Even Time Does Not "Console" ... It Puts Things in Their Place and Creates Order
On Language: That Vast, Humming, and Swinging Syntax
On Art: Art Presents Itself as a Way of Life
On Faith: A Direction of the Heart
On Goodness and Morality: Nothing Good, Once It Has Come into Existence, May Be Suppressed
On Love: There Is No Force in the World but Love
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