Due storie praghesi
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Due storie praghesi

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"Lo scopo di questo libro" ha scritto Rilke, "era di avvicinare in qualche modo la propria infanzia, perché ogni arte ha nostalgia di quel remoto giardino, della ricchezza di quei profumi e di quelle oscurità volendo dare la parola al suo fruscio. Il pretesto era costituito da due piccole storie. Lo scenario è Praga, questa città piena di strade buie e di cortili misterios...more
Paperback, Tascabili e/o, 153 pages
Published February 1993 by Edizioni e/o (first published 1899)
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I am generally a big fan of Rilke's work, and after reading these early stories of the brilliant poet I was not surprised to learn that he had wanted them forgotten, or left unconnected to his mature oeuvre, though it is always interesting to see the places where great artists develop. These two longish short stories concern the lives of Czech students and artists living amongst the German occupation of Prague, which immediately sets this book apart, for it concerns political and even revolution...more
These two translated stories, written near the end of the nineteenth century, are a bit cumbersome to work through, but one gets the sense that they had a more effective flow and sense of continuity in the original German. Both stories deal with the rise of Czech nationalism in that period, and problems growing between the German speaking and Czech speaking populations of Bohemia and their disparate perceptions of "national" identity. Although a German speaking resident of Prague, Rilke's sympat...more
These 1890s novellas by the poet Rilke are, as the translator notes, most interesting for their view of Prague Czech-German relations during a period of aggressive Czechification. From a literary perspective, they show a young writer learning his craft under the strong influence of fin-de-siècle Prague literature (Meyrink, Leppin, Karásek, etc.). While I'm interested in that literature, it can be pretty heavy on the lugubrious, Gothic, morbid-psychology side of things, and typical of some of the...more
I'm not particularly knowledgeable about Rilke, so I enjoyed these stories on their merits, especially "Two Siblings." The descriptions are wonderful, and the ending kind of reminded me of The Metamorphosis. Makes me inclined to read more of his poetry.
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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...more
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