*Signed by translator Joshua Weiner
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, paperback
Publication Date: March 28, 2023
Publisher Marketing: The central collection by the poet, dramatist, and Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs, newly translated by Joshua Weiner (with Linda B. Parshall). So far out, in the open, cushioned in sleep. In flight from the land with love's heavy luggage. A butterfly-zone of dreams like an open parasol held up against the truth. Flight and Metamorphosis marks the culmination of Nelly Sachs's development as a poet. Sachs, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966, speaks from her own condition as a refugee from Nazi Germany - her loneliness while living in a small Stockholm flat with her elderly mother; her exile, her alienation, her feelings of romantic bereavement; and her search for the divine. Forced onto a journey of endless change, Sachs created her own path forward. From these sublime poems, she emerges as a visionary, one who harnesses language's essential power to create and transform our world. Joshua Weiner's translations (with Linda B. Parshall) are the first in more than half a century to elucidate Sachs's enduring poetic power and relevance.