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Lost Son [Paperback]

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An ambitious and haunting interpretation of the life of the great poet Rainer Maria Rilke, this biographical novel is so richly imagined and well researched that it has immediately taken its place as an essential part of Rilke literature.

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Pages   478
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2008
Publisher   Unbridled Books
ISBN  1932961526  
ISBN13  9781932961522  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! M. Allen Cunningham is the author of the widely acclaimed novel The Green
Age of Asher Witherow, a #1 Book Sense Pick. He grew up in the Diablo Valley
north of San Francisco, and now resides with his wife in Portland, Oregon.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical

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Trusting what is difficult  Nov 12, 2007
As one who has, for many years, loved the poetry and thought of Rilke, I found this to be a remarkable novel that succeeded wonderfully in capturing both the "magic" and the "empty too much" of Rilke as man and artist.
insightful biographical fiction   May 26, 2007
In 1902, twenty-six-year-old Rainer Maria Rilke has received a commission to write the definitive biography of the great sculptor Auguste Rodin. Accepting the work, Rainer leaves his wife and their newborn daughter behind in rural Germany seventeen grueling travel hours away from his new residence in the Montparnasse quarter of Paris. The rustic writer is overwhelmed by the city with its affluence and poverty side by side. He feels overwhelmed as his childhood nightmares of being a stranger amidst strange people frighten him, but mostly he fears failure as a poet, as a biographer, and as a writer. His abandoned family females give him moments of concern, but they tie back to his childhood, which he needs to escape from and find with his poetry and with his writing peer and muse Lou Salome.

This is an insightful biographical fiction of Rainer Maria Rilke, considered by many to be Germany's greatest twentieth century poet. The story line focuses obviously on Rilke from the opening baptism in Prague to his schism with Rodin in Paris, but also provides a discerning window into the artistic movements of Western Europe during the tumultuous first two decades of the twentieth century. The not chronological in order events lead to a more vivid astute look at the period, but also make it more difficult to follow the prime focus of the novel, the life of Rilke. This is an entertaining account of a poet whose haunting dark work makes many consioder Rilke as having one foot within the competing classical and another with the modernist movements.

Harriet Klausner

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