Collected Prose

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In The New Yorker, George Steiner referred to Paul Celan's prose as "a handful of speeches and a parable, which are transforming the landscape of poetic theory and the philosophy of language." He was talking about this volume of essays, published letters, responses to questionnaires, speeches, and a parable. The prose of Celan is an "indispensable volume for those who would wish to understand the 20th century."

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Overview

In The New Yorker, George Steiner referred to Paul Celan's prose as "a handful of speeches and a parable, which are transforming the landscape of poetic theory and the philosophy of language." He was talking about this volume of essays, published letters, responses to questionnaires, speeches, and a parable. The prose of Celan is an "indispensable volume for those who would wish to understand the 20th century."

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Editorial Reviews

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"The slimness of the book tells its own story of Celan's love affair with silence . . . [Waldrop's English] has an idiomatic adroitness that catches the pauses and suspensions in Celan's breath [and] directs us to a sense of a more reserved, hidden-hearted poet." —Choice

"Celan pushes language to the limits of expressiveness in these groping, incantatory pieces."—Publisher’s Weekly

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For Celan, the Romanian-born poet who survived a Nazi labor camp and committed suicide in 1970, poetry aspired to silence. His sparse, intense prose pieces, gathered in this small volume, reflect both his mistrust of the medium of language and his use of words ``to orient myself, to find out where I was.'' As a Jew living in postwar Paris, Celan felt a stranger to culture, society, even to nature, a feeling conveyed in the hypnotic, repetitive ``Conversation in the Mountains.'' Deftly translated from the German, the book includes essays, letters, aphorisms, parables, speeches, responses to questionnaires, and introductions to his translations of Russian poets Osip Mandelstam and Alexandercorrect (i've seen variant Aleksander).eed/that's the difficulty with transliterations, many variants.leave as is.gs Blok. ``Racked by reality and in search of it,'' Celan pushes language to the limits of expressiveness in these groping, incantatory pieces. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935296921
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/1990
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 77
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Celan was born in Bukowina, Romania, in 1920. His parents died at the hands of the German army in 1942. He escaped, survived a period in a labor camp, and eventually settled in Paris where he taught and wrote. He received the Büchner Prize, Germany's most prestigious literary award, before he died by suicide in 1970.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Edgar Jene and the Dream about the Dream 3
Backlight 11
Reply to a Questionnaire from the Flinker Bookstore, Paris, 1958 15
Conversation in the Mountains 17
Reply to a Questionnaire from the Flinker Bookstore, Paris, 1961 23
Letter to Hans Bender 25
Reply to a Poll 27
La poesie ne s'impose plus, elle s'expose 29
Speech on the Occasion of Receiving the Literature Prize of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen 33
The Meridian 37
Address to the Hebrew Writers' Association 57
App Introductory Notes to the Translations of Blok and Mandelstam 61
App: Sources 65
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