Collected Poems


Author: Rainer Brambach
Translated by Esther Kinsky

9780857428370 | PB | pp. 144+xiv | 2021 | Seagull Books

Collected Poems by Rainer Brambach is a collection of skilfully crafted poetry in which the author, without much pomp and show, conjures quiet images of landscapes, small rural scenes and local life.

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Marked by his disregard for material values, a profound engagement with the landscape of the Upper Rhine, and a lasting commitment to humanity, Brambach’s poems are direct, unadorned, and free of pomp or ideology. His quiet images conjure up landscapes, small rural scenes, and interiors of bars and cafes. Brambach was, above all, an observer whose poems provide insights of deceptive simplicity that form a poetic essence confirming the significance of this author’s voice. This collection of poems, masterfully translated by noted writer and poet Esther Kinsky, represents the first major English translation of a significant European poet.

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Rainer Brambach
Translator: Esther Kinsky




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About the Contributors

The author grew up in Basel and left school at the age of 14 to become a manual labourer. He spent much of the Second World War in prison and labour camps, an experience that greatly influenced his writing. He remained an outsider to the literary world and lived for many years in poverty.

The translator is also an author and poet. As a translator she works in German, Polish, Russian and English. SHe is the author of the novels Summer Resort (2011), River (2014) and Grove (2020). She has translated many Polish Authors into German, including Alexander Wat, Olga Tokarczuk and Magdalena Tulli.


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