Paul Celan: 70 Poems

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"Hamburger's starkly graceful selected translations [of Celan]...remain the best available."—Publishers Weekly
Paul Celan is the preeminent poet of the Holocaust. His chilling, haunted verse, evocative and agonizingly spare, is among the essential writing of the modern age. Paul Celan: 70 Poems is a portable selection of some of his most essential work, translated by Michael Hamburger (1924–2007), who for more than thirty years has provided the...
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Overview

"Hamburger's starkly graceful selected translations [of Celan]...remain the best available."—Publishers Weekly
Paul Celan is the preeminent poet of the Holocaust. His chilling, haunted verse, evocative and agonizingly spare, is among the essential writing of the modern age. Paul Celan: 70 Poems is a portable selection of some of his most essential work, translated by Michael Hamburger (1924–2007), who for more than thirty years has provided the English-speaking world with the truest access to Celan’s oeuvre.
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Library Journal
"Once/ I heard him,/ he was washing the world,/ unseen, nightlong,/ real./ One and Infinite,/ annihilated,/ ied. /Light was. Salvation." Born Paul Antschel (1920–70, he renamed himself Paul Celan in 1947) into a family of German-speaking Jews in Czernowitz (now Chernovtsy) in the Bukovina region of Romania (now in Ukraine), Celan endures as a poet of enigmatic proportion. Sparse, difficult, and extreme, his poems illuminate their German tongue with a voice rooted in an experience "unknowable" in words that are "dislocated." "Count the almonds,/ count what was bitter and kept you awake,/ count me in:/…." Unrivaled British translator Hamburger's (1924–2007) bilingual selection Poems of Paul Celan (Persea, 1988) stands as the most comprehensive representation of Celan's work. Here, Persea has selected 70 poems taken from Hamburger's translations and compiled a "concentrated sampling" for the poet's widening audience. VERDICT For poets, Celan is required reading. For librarians The Poems of Paul Celan (1988) is a must-have. What's sorely missing from this latest selection is the original German. For Celan's poetry, this loss of language is a great injustice.—Annalisa Pesek, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892554249
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 3/27/2013
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 777,752
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Celan was a poet and translator born in the East European province of Bukovina. Soon after his parents, German-speaking Jews, had perished at the hands of the Nazis, Celan wrote the poem "Todesfuge" ("Deathfugue"), which depicted life in a German concentration camp.

Michael Hamburger (1924-2007) wrote many collections of poetry and criticism. Other notable translations include Baudelaire's Twenty Prose Poems. He received the European Translation Prize forPoems of Paul Celan.

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