New York: New Directions, 2004. 1st Edition. Tall octavo, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
"The longer I look at the pictures of Jan Peter Tripp, the better I understand that behind the illusions of the surface, a dread-inspiring depth is concealed. It is the metaphysical lining of reality, so to speak"" (from Sebald's essay "As Day and Night, Chalk and Cheese: On the Pictures of Jan Peter Tripp"). First paperback edition, printed on the oblong, of a dialogic collaborative work between childhood friends German writer and academic W.G. Sebald and acclaimed artist Jan Peter Tripp. This illustrated poetry collection includes 33 "micropoems" by Sebald, each accompanied by Tripp's exacting lithographs depicting the eyes of Beckett, Borges, Proust, Jasper Johns, Francis Bacon, Tripp, Sebald, Sebald's dog Maurice, and more. Also includes two additional poems by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, an essay by Sebald on Tripp's work, an essay on Sebald by writer Andrea Köhler, and the poems in their original German. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white. Published simultaneously in hardcover. Fine. Item #2520