This book is so beautiful. It's an early work, written in verse in three parts. The first part reflects on the life and work of the late medieval painter Matthias Grunewald (most famous for the Isenheim Altarpiece
), the second on the eighteenth-century naturalist Georg Wilhelm Stellar, who traveled with Vitus Bering, and the last on moments from the author's life. The first two sections are stunning. The third section felt more disjointed and I wasn't sure where it was going. All the same, five stars for such beautifully written meditations on history, nature, and individuals living out their own history in nature. This is a book I could just pick up and read randomly to be with the words and images. I've read most of Sebald's work. He's amazing.