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Beating for Light: The Story of Isaac Rosenberg

Akers, Geoff

Verlag: Juniper Books, Edinburgh, 2006
ISBN 10: 095474280X / ISBN 13: 9780954742805
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Titel: Beating for Light: The Story of Isaac ...

Verlag: Juniper Books, Edinburgh

Erscheinungsdatum: 2006

Einband: Paperback

Zustand: Good

Art des Buches: Used


Paperback. Light wear on edges; front lower leading corner is creased, gently affecting first few pages. Slight marks and one or two scores on page block. Text is clear throughout, and pages remain sound and clean. TS. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 426870

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Inhaltsangabe: In October 1915, a little over ninety years ago, Isaac Rosenberg joined the British Army to fight in "the war to end wars." Within months, he was transferred to the Western Front, and, three years later, he was among the numberless dead littering the killing fields of France. >p< Almost a century on, futile wars continue to waged all over the world, and innocent lives continue to be sacrificed for the "greater good". As Private Rosenberg himself wrote in 1916: >i< Poppies whose roots are in man's veins/drop, and are ever dropping... >p< Beating for Light charts the life of the poet from 1897 to 1918, exploring issues as compelling today as they ever were. The reader is taken on a journey into the troubled psyche of an artist whose war poems are among the finest ever written. Although introverted, vulnerable and infuriatingly stubborn at times, Rosenberg displayed extraordinary courage in his bid to record mankind's descent into darkness. >p< The novel moves beyond the biographical, breathing life into one man's quest for truth.

Umschlagtext: It is the summer of 1917. Isaac Rosenberg has been on the Western Front for over a year, having barely survived a terrible winter on the Somme. Temporarily attached to the Royal Engineers, he helps load barbed wire onto limbers, hauls it by mule train up to the front at night, and repairs damage to barricades on no-man's-land. Although highly dangerous, Rosenberg views his lot as much improved and he finds more time to write. >p< From his upbringing in the slums of Whitechapel, London, through his youth as misfit, to his futile death in the killing fields of Europe, the author explores the evolution of a writer whose war poetry is now widely acknowledged as among the finest ever written. >p< Paradoxically, while Rosenberg's physical and mental health were on the wane, his terrible experiences on the Western Front appeared to boost the power and originality of his work. Throughout the novel, the reader is given insight into the troubled psyche of a poet who, despite living in constant fear and subject to the contempt of his peers, still managed to retain a highly original perspective on mankind's descent into darkness. >p< Beating for Light blends fact and fiction in a way which moves beyond the biographical, breathing life into the fears of a great artist, while, simultanously, providing a fascinating insight into one of history's greatest watersheds

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