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  • Published: 1 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9781590300381
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $26.99

Stories Of God


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One of Rilke's best-loved prose works—in its finest English translation to date.

Readers who enjoyed Letters to a Young Poet will cherish this enchanting work of fiction. Stories of God is a series of interconnected short stories in which Rilke offers his own unique understanding of the divine. Full of wonder and playfulness, and written in a simple, folktale style, these thirteen stories suggest, among other things, that God is present in our daily world and is seeking know humans as urgently as we have sought to know God. This new translation is the most lucid and lyrical translation of this work available in English. Rilke's German prose was unique in that he liked to use words in uncommon ways, employed obscure words, and sometimes invented words. Kohn'the translator of Shambhala's popular edition of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha… has created a translation that is highly readable and enjoyable while remaining faithful to the German. Through this new translation, a new generation of readers will be able to appreciate the rare beauty, simplicity, and intriguing spiritual philosophy that have made this one of Rilke's most beloved prose works.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9781590300381
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke (1975-1926), one of Germany’s greatest lyrical poets, was born in Prague. He studied literature and the history of art in Munich and Berlin, and lived for some time in Paris where he was a secretary to the sculptor Rodin. He died in Switzerland.

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