BEYOND BINARIES: THE DUINO ELEGIES
Rainer Maria Rilke famously began his most significant work, the Duino Elegies, one stormy night in 1912 on the battlements of Duino Castle near Trieste when he heard a voice calling: “Who, if I cry, hears me among the angelic orders?” One hundred years after the elegies were first published, award-winning novelist, poet, theatre writer, critic, and editor Alison Croggon answered the call.
Published to critical acclaim after a gestation period of more than two decades, Croggon’s remarkably faithful translation brings urgent new life to this masterpiece of European modernism, illuminating Rilke’s radical destabilisation of the political and gendered binaries that ruled his life. Hear Alison read from her translations and discuss why these poems remain as compelling in the 21st century as they were when they were written.
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