Paul Celan: Selections / Edition 1

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The best introduction to the work of Paul Celan, this anthology offers a broad collection of his writing in unsurpassed English translations along with a wealth of commentaries by major writers and philosophers. The present selection is based on Celan's own 1968 selected poems, though enlarged to include both earlier and later poems, as well as two prose works, The Meridian, Celan's core statement on poetics, and the narrative Conversation in the Mountains. This volume also includes letters to Celan's wife, the artist Gisèle Celan-Lestrange; to his friend Erich Einhorn; and to René Char and Jean-Paul Sartre—all appearing here for the first time in English.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520241688
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2005
  • Series: Poets for the Millennium Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 729,797
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the greatest poets to write in German and among the most gifted writers of the twentieth century in any language, Paul Celan was born in Czernowitz, Bukovina, in 1920. He survived the Holocaust and settled in Paris in 1948, where he lived until his suicide by drowning in 1970. Pierre Joris is the author of many books of poetry as well as a range of anthologies and translations; he recently published A Nomad Poetics, a volume of essays.
In 2003 he was Berlin Prize fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He is Professor of English at the State University of New York, Albany.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : "polysemy without mask" 3
As partisan of erotic absolutism 41
The sand from the urns 42
In praise of remoteness 43
Corona 44
Death fugue 46
The jars 48
Count the almonds 49
I heard it said 50
With a variable key 51
Shibboleth 52
Speak, you too 54
The vintagers 56
Voices 58
Tenebrae 61
Speech-grille 63
Matiere de Bretagne 65
Stretto 67
There was earth in them 75
Zurich, Zum Storchen 76
Psalm 78
Tubingen, Janner 79
Alchemical 81
Radix, matrix 83
Blackearth 85
To one who stood at the door 86
Mandorla 88
Siberian 89
The syllable pain 91
And with the book from Tarussa 93
You may 97
In the rivers 97
To stand 97
Threadsuns 98
Wordaccretion 98
Singable remnant 99
No sandart anymore 100
Harbor 100
The jugglerdrum 103
In Prague 103
Ashglory 104
The written 105
Frihed 106
Solve 107
Coagula 108
Once 109
Frankfurt, September 110
Detour-/maps 111
Spasms 112
Pau, later 112
The stallion 113
Lyon, Les Archers 114
The industrious 115
When I don't know, don't know 116
You were 117
Line the wordcaves 117
Near, in the aortic arch 117
Imagine 118
Soundscraps, visionscraps 120
We already lay 120
Contact mines 121
Cleared 121
Once 121
Two at Brancusi's 122
Todtnauberg 122
To a brother in Asia 123
Oranienstrasse I 124
Strew ocher 124
Leap centuries 125
Trek-scow-time 126
You be like you 127
Unwashed, unpainted 128
You lie 129
Lilac air 130
Well-graves 130
The breached year 131
Unreadability 131
Whorish Else 131
What sews 132
I hear the axe has blossomed 133
With the voice of the fieldmouse 134
In lizard 134
Snowpart 135
Almonding you 136
It stood 136
The swelter 137
We who like the seaoats guard 137
A ring, for bowdrawing 138
The radiance 138
Nitidous you 139
Come 140
A bootfull of brain 140
The trumpet's part 140
The poles 141
The kingsway 141
There also 142
I drink wine 142
Something shall be 143
Nothingness 143
In the bellshape 144
As I 144
Strangeness 144
Illuminated 145
Conversation in the mountains (1959) 149
The meridian (1960) 154
Letter #1 : to Gisele Celan-Lestrange (1952) 177
Letter #2 : to Gisele Celan-Lestrange (1952) 178
Letter #3 : to Erich Einhorn (1962) 179
Letter #4 : to Erich Einhorn (1962) 181
Letter #5 : to Rene Char (unsent) (1962) 183
Letter #6 : to Jean-Paul Sartre (unsent) (1962) 186
Letter #7 : to Gisele Celan-Lestrange (1965) 188
Letter #8 : to Eric Celan (1968) 191
Letter #9 : from Gisele Celan-Lestrange to Paul (1969) 193
Letter #10 : to Gisele Celan-Lestrange (1970) 196
Das Stundenglas, tief (facsimile) 197
Uber dich hinaus (facsimile) 198
Es wird etwas sein, spater (facsimile) 199
Paul Celan and language 203
Encounters with Paul Celan 205
For Paul Celan 209
On Paul Celan in Neuchatel 215
The memory of words 217
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