Spanning western Europe from 1875 to 1917 and presenting a gothic historical Paris that subverts our old assumptions regarding the City of Light, M. Allen Cunningham’s new novel brings a brooding atmosphere and human complexity to an intimate and imaginative portrait of one of the most uniquely sensitive artists of his time, a poet whose odd childhood and difficult early lSpanning western Europe from 1875 to 1917 and presenting a gothic historical Paris that subverts our old assumptions regarding the City of Light, M. Allen Cunningham’s new novel brings a brooding atmosphere and human complexity to an intimate and imaginative portrait of one of the most uniquely sensitive artists of his time, a poet whose odd childhood and difficult early life will both fascinate and perhaps help explain his determination to stay true to his artistic vision at almost any cost. Here is Rainer Maria Rilke in the grip of his greatest artistic struggle: life itself.
Rilke’s gripping emotional drama as child, lover, husband, father, protégé, misfit soldier, and wanderer is framed by a haunted young figure, a researcher who, a century later, feels compelled to trace Rilke’s itinerant footsteps and those of Rilke’s fictional alter ego, the bewitched poet Malte Laurids Brigge. The result is an exploration of the forever imperfect loyalties we face in work and life, the seemingly immeasurable distances that can separate life and art, and the generational tensions between masters and admirers. ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
April 1st 2007
by Unbridled Books
(first published April 3rd 2006)
Still trying to decide exactly what I think of this book. I love this genre of novelesque pseudo-biography, and I certainly learned a lot about Rilke (things that made me rather sad for him, to be honest). But I'm not as sure that I love this guy's approach to the genre, and the book requires a significant time investment. Also, I wanted to know about Rilke's whole life, not just up to and slightly after his involvement in the war. But it's definitely worth a read if you're a Rilke fan.
This biographical novel of the life of poet Rainer Maria Rilke contained I think too much detail. The author I think was hampered by a lack of raw material and was therefore forced to make too much of the letters and other sources he had. It was interesting mostly in its depiction of the life of a starving poet in Europe and the relationship between Rilke and Rodin provided an unusual insight into the famous sculptor.
A book that should be drank slow as an aged whiskey: it requires a patient and refined palate to process all of the overtones of solitude, the origins and sacrifices of creativity; how difficult and anxious the attempt to express the flavor of your experiences; the dangers and doubts of the path you've chosen. Drink it too fast and the language will inebriate you, dulling your ability to appreciate every nuance.
Novel based on the life of poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Stunningly beautiful writing! An amazing young talent, While I don't find Rilke a particularly interesting person. I am pull through the book, word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph.
M. Allen Cunningham’s debut novel The Green Age of Asher Witherow, set in nineteenth-century Northern California, was a #1 Book Sense Pick and a finalist for the 2005 Book Sense Book of the Year Award aM. Allen Cunningham's latest book project is DATE OF DISAPPEARANCE, a short story collection in illustrated limited edition. Reserve a copy, or learn more at http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/pr...
M. Allen Cunningham’s debut novel The Green Age of Asher Witherow, set in nineteenth-century Northern California, was a #1 Book Sense Pick and a finalist for the 2005 Book Sense Book of the Year Award alongside Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America. The Salt Lake Tribune named The Green Age one of six “Best Books of the West” in 2004. Lost Son, Cunningham’s second novel, concerns the life and work of Rainer Maria Rilke, and was named a Top Ten Book of 2007 by The Oregonian.
The recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and a 2010 Yaddo residency, Cunningham is the author of numerous short stories which have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Alaska Quarterly Review and other distinguished literary magazines, and have been featured in live performance by the New Short Fiction Series of Beverly Hills. Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler calls Cunningham “a lushly talented young writer,” ForeWord Magazine has named him “one of America’s most promising voices,” and he was recently cited in the Dzanc Books list of 20 Writers to Watch. Cunningham lives in Portland, Oregon. ...more