Telegrams of the Soul: Selected Prose of Peter Altenberg

byPeter AltenbergTranslated byPeter Wortsman

April 4, 2005|
Telegrams of the Soul: Selected Prose of Peter Altenberg by Peter Altenberg
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"If it be permitted to speak of ‘love at first sound,’ then that’s what I experienced in my first encounter with this poet of prose." So said Thomas Mann of the work of PeterAltenberg. A virtuoso Fin-de-Siècle Viennese innovator of what he called the "telegram style" of writing, Altenberg’s signature short prose straddles the line between the poetic and the prosaic, fiction and observation, harsh verity and whimsical vignette. Inspired by the prose poems of Charles Baudelaire and the Feuilleton—a light journalistic reflection of his day—Altenberg carved out a spare, strikingly modern aesthetic that speaks with an eerie prescience to our own impatient time. Peter Wortsman’s new selection and translation reads like a sly lyrical wink from the turnof-the-century of the telegram to the turn-of-the-millennium of email.
Peter Altenberg (akaRichard Engländer, 1859-1919) born into a well-to-do, assimilated Viennese Jewish family, took advantage of a medical diagnosis of "over-excitation of the nervous system" and a consequent "incapacity for gainful employment" to devote himself heart and soul to the life of the Bohemian poet. Author of eleven book...
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Title:Telegrams of the Soul: Selected Prose of Peter Altenberg
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:147 pages, 9 X 5.5 X 0.5 in
Shipping dimensions:147 pages, 9 X 5.5 X 0.5 in
Published:April 4, 2005
Publisher:Steerforth Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780974968087

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