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Steerforth Press, Fall 2019

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Surrender to Night
The Collected Poems of Georg Trakl
By (author): Georg Trakl Translated by: Will Stone
9781782275176 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POETRY / European / German Sep 17, 2019
$27.00 CAD
Active 4.79 x 6.48 x 0.95 in 256 pages Steerforth Press Pushkin Collection
A new translation by acclaimed poet Will Stone of the visionary Austrian poet Georg Trakl

In Georg Trakl’s brief, tragic life he produced a body of work of intense visual power. Dense, imagistic and full of unnerving symbolism, his poems occupy a critical place in German Expressionism.

Until his death on the Eastern Front in 1914, Trakl honed a singular poetic voice to express the horror he saw in the world around him, culminating in the starkly powerful war poems for which he is best known.

This edition includes all of Trakl’s major poems alongside a judicious selection of the best of his uncollected work, all rendered in vividly clear English by translator and poet Will Stone. With a biography, a critical introduction and a chronology of Trakl’s life, this collection promises to reinvigorate interest in this under-appreciated poet.

The most complete collection of Trakl’s poetry available in English

A beautiful Pushkin Collection edition that will appeal as much to new readers as Trakl devotees

Contains new translations of poems that rarely appear in English

Includes a biography and a critical introduction, detailing the tragic events of Trakl’s life and the development of his style

Georg Trakl (1887-1914) was born in Salzburg, Austria. After qualifying as a pharmacist he spent his year of military service in the Innsbruck garrison hospital pharmacy. In the wake of the Battle of Grodek, he died of a drug overdose in a military hospital in Kraków.

Author Residence: Vienna, Austria (deceased)

Author Hometown: Salzburg, Austria (deceased)

Publicity: Widespread US publicity outreach including dedicated US mailing

DRC to be made available via NetGalley and Edelweiss

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   • “For me the Trakl poem is an object of divine existence.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
   • “Mystery, lyric intensity, strangeness, animism: no poet embodied these qualities more than did the early twentieth-century Austrian poet Georg Trakl.” - Los Angeles Review of Books

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