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NELLY SACHS *SIGNED* ZEICHEN IM SAND Poems Jewish Holocaust Mystical Poet NOBEL LAUREATE

NELLY SACHS: ZEICHEN IM SAND. DIE SZENISCHEN DICHTUNGEN der NELLY SACHS (SIGNS IN THE SAND. THE SCENIC POETIC IMPRESSIONS of NELLY SACHS). FRANKFURT am MAIN: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1962. First edition, the date 1962 is on the copyright page with no indication of additional printings. TEXT IN GERMAN. SIGNED by NELLY SACHS on the title page. Her signature is scarce. Hardcover Book in Dustjacket, black cloth covered boards, paper title label on spine, Publisher's imprint blind embossed on the front cover, top page edges stained light gray, 5.5x8.5 inches, 357 pages. The book contains a number of verse dramas, including:

ELI. EIN MYSTERIENSPIEL VOM LEIDEN ISRAELS (ELI. A MYSTERY PLAY OF THE SUFFERINGS OF ISRAEL); Abram im Salz (Abram in Salt); NACHTWACHE (VIGIL); Der Magische Tänzer (The Magical Dancer); WAS IST EIN OPFER? (WHAT IS A VICTIM?); Berryll Sieht in der Nacht (Beryl Looks at the Night); and more. Condition: NEAR FINE book, just lightly used, still sharp, tight, bright, clean and unmarked; in a VERY GOOD dustjacket that has a bit of soiling at the spine ends and a touch of edge and spine end wear. A solid, lovely copy. SCARCE with the SIGNATURE of this IMPORTANT, JEWISH, WOMAN POET, whose poems and verse plays speak to the world about the lasting suffering and grief caused by the HOLOCAUST. You can find lots about NELLY SACHS on Wikipedia and elsewhere on the Internet. Below are some excerpts from Wikipedia: ******Nelly Sachs (b. 1891 d. 1970) was a Jewish German poet and playwright whose experiences resulting from the rise of the Nazis in World War II Europe transformed her into a poignant spokeswoman for the grief and yearnings of her fellow Jews. Born Leonie Sachs in Schoneberg, Germany in 1891, she grew up as a sheltered woman and never married. As the Nazis took power, she became increasingly terrified, at one point losing the ability to speak, as she would remember in verse: "When the great terror came / I fell dumb." Sachs fled with her aged mother to Sweden in 1940. It was her friendship with Selma Lagerlof (Swedish writer and winner of the 1909 Nobel Prize) that saved their lives: shortly before her own death Lagerlof pleaded with the Swedish Royal Family to secure their release from Germany. Sachs and her mother escaped on the last flight from Nazi Germany to Sweden, a week before Sachs was scheduled to report to a concentration camp. They settled in Sweden and Sachs became a Swedish citizen in 1952. Living in a tiny two-room apartment in Stockholm, Sachs cared alone for her mother for many years, and supported their existence by translations between Swedish and German. After her mother's death, Sachs suffered several nervous breakdowns characterized by hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions of persecution by Nazis, and she spent a number of years in a mental institution. She continued to write even while hospitalized. She eventually recovered sufficiently to live on her own, though her mental health would always be fragile. Her worst breakdown was ostensibly precipitated by hearing German speech during a trip to Switzerland to accept a literary prize. However, she maintained a forgiving attitude toward a younger generation of Germans, and corresponded with many German speaking writers of the postwar period, including Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Ingeborg Bachmann. Sachs' writings explores the complex relationship Jewish people have with their history and God. Her fusion of grief with subtly romantic elements is in keeping with the imagery of the Kabbalah, where the Shekhinah represents God's presence on earth and mourns for the separation of God from his people in their suffering. In 1966 Nelly Sachs was awarded the NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE, along with Shmuel Yosef Agnon. In receiving the award she observed that Agnon represented Israel whereas "I represent the tragedy of the Jewish people."******

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