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Where Silence Reigns: Selected Prose

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Representative essays, notes and letters reflecting modernist writer's dedication to solace and inner life and experience and the struggle for intense communication including selections from Dream-Book and Rodin Book.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published October 1st 1978 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 1978)
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Did you really not know till now that joy is something terrible of which one is not afraid? One goes right through a terror to its very end: and that is just joy. A terror, of which one does not know even the first letter. A terror that one trusts.
-from "The Eleventh Dream" of "From the Dream-Book"

I repeat: I find it quite comprehensible that those who have to depend entirely upon themselves, upon their own life's usefulness and bearableness, should feel a certain relief, if there is induced in
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Rainer Maria Rilke is considered one of the German language's greatest 20th century poets.

His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.

He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. His two mos
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