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You Alone Are Real to Me: Remembering Rainer Maria Rilke

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Never before available in English, You Alone Are Real to Me documents the relationship between Andreas-Salomé and Rainer Maria Rilke that spanned almost 30 years. Andreas-Salomé gives an intimate account of Rilke’s poetic development from the early romantic poems to the sculpted new poems and the final breakthrough of the Elegies. From their romantic beginnings to the late ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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Apr 02, 2014 H added it
Lou Andreas-Salome's memoir of Rilke:

"Now I understand that this passion for pain, even in the torture of martyrdom, represents the haste and impatience to no longer be interrupted and disturbed by the evil that can come from this side (meaning this life)." (94)

"Art is the dark wish of all things. They want to be the images of our secrets, ... concealed and revealed at once:--Depth, unknon connections, not even fathomed by the artist. They have become so similar." (95)

We often spoke about this.
An overwrought intro, an life-shaping essay from Lou herself, and a gentle, windy outro. Lou's writing is direct and metaphorical all at the same time. I found myself wanting to take notes; sometimes my vocabulary escapes me when it comes to writers such as this, but it was clear and articulated a stunning, vital rendition of Rilke, the man and his art. No idea that his body disturbed himself greatly, and reading this shed some light on his interactions with Rodin. I read the book Rilke wrote ab ...more
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ATTENTION ALL YOUNG POETS: "Rilke underestimated what good came to him through his social contacts. Even if they were only diversions, they served the important function of directing his energies outward, instead of damming them up within himself." (Lou Andreas-Salomé, p 74)
The introduction might have been more interesting than the actual text... though all of it together does help to fill out my understanding of Rilke as a poet and a man, and really does a good job of pointing out certain themes from his work.
Sep 04, 2013 Jenny marked it as partially-read
Read the introduction by Angela von der Lippe but could not get into the right mindset to read the text. May return at some point.
A biography full with love, respect and close observations.
piece of shit.
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Lou Andreas-Salomé (née Louise von Salomé or Luíza Gustavovna Salomé) was born in St. Petersburg, Russia to parents of French Huguenot and northern German descent. Her diverse intellectual interests led to friendships with an astounding array of luminaries, including Nietzsche, Wagner, Freud, and Rilke.

Andreas-Salomé was a prolific author, writing several plays, essays and more than a dozen novels
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