Rilke's Book of Hours

Rilke’s Book of Hours

Love Poems to God

Written by:

Format
Ebook
Price
$12.99
 
Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440628320
  • 272 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult

Overview

A FINALIST FOR THE PEN/WEST TRANSLATION AWARD

The 100th Anniversary Edition of a global classic, containing beautiful translations along with the original German text.

While visiting Russia in his twenties, Rainer Maria Rilke, one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets, was moved by a spirituality he encountered there. Inspired, Rilke returned to Germany and put down on paper what he felt were spontaneously received prayers. Rilke’s Book of Hours is the invigorating vision of spiritual practice for the secular world, and a work that seems remarkably prescient today, one hundred years after it was written.

Rilke’s Book of Hours shares with the reader a new kind of intimacy with God, or the divine—a reciprocal relationship between the divine and the ordinary in which God needs us as much as we need God. Rilke influenced generations of writers with his Letters to a Young Poet, and now Rilke’s Book of Hours tells us that our role in the world is to love it and thereby love God into being. These fresh translations rendered by Joanna Macy, a mystic and spiritual teacher, and Anita Barrows, a skilled poet, capture Rilke’s spirit as no one has done before.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

Praise

“These poems of spiritual yearning and discovery composed by the young Rilke one hundred years ago feel very fresh and moving in the beautifully transparent, supple versions of Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy. With their psalm-like directness and emotional urgencyk, they nourish and quicken the life of the spirit.” –Chana Bloch, translator of The Song of Songs
promo_Western
promo_SHOP
promo_BeaksGeeks
promo_FirsttoRead_Small