Poems of Paul Celan

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The peerless translations of this haunted—and haunting—Holocaust poet, including ten new poems and an illuminating essay by the translator. Paul Celan is one the twentieth century's most essential poets, and twenty-two years after its publication, Poems of Paul Celan continues to be the single truest access for English-speakers to this poet's work. This new edition adds ten more poems and a significant essay, "On Translating Celan" by Michael Hamburger.

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Overview

The peerless translations of this haunted—and haunting—Holocaust poet, including ten new poems and an illuminating essay by the translator. Paul Celan is one the twentieth century's most essential poets, and twenty-two years after its publication, Poems of Paul Celan continues to be the single truest access for English-speakers to this poet's work. This new edition adds ten more poems and a significant essay, "On Translating Celan" by Michael Hamburger.

Author Biography: A Romanian Jew, Paul Celan was born in 1920. He survived the death of both of his parents at the hands of the Nazis and eighteen months in a labor camp before escaping to Paris, where he spent most of his adult life. Celan was never able to overcome his sense of loss and alienation following the Second World War, and he died, a suicide, in 1970. For his Celan translations, Michael Hamburger was awarded the Schlegel-Tieck Prize, and the prestigious Goethe medal.

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Editorial Reviews

George Steiner
One's gratitude for [Hamburger's] Celan versions...is unstinted. —New Yorker
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This bilingual edition spans the great and tragic German poet's career from 1920 until his suicide in 1970. In much of the work, ``Celan writes about the Holocaust--though by contrast and allusion--in poems that are dark, sharply felt and authentic . . . economical in the extreme,'' determined PW. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Cryptic. Paradoxical. Difficult. These are words that award-winning translator Hamburger uses to describe Celan's poems. A Romanian Jew who lost his parents in the Holocaust, Celan survived--until committing suicide in 1970--to produce an impressive body of work. Possessed by a terrifying vision, his poems in this expanded and revised bilingual edition of an earlier and now-out-of-print collection nevertheless do not express the terror overtly. But we feel it in the tensions his lines create. Celan does not give us confessional poetry; it is his power to lead us to his private vision, the stuff of all great poetry, that makes his a voice we must learn to hear. Here is an artistry to cherish, and Hamburger is to be applauded for his superb translations of a major poet.-- Vincent D. Balitas, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892552757
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Language: German
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Tallow Lamp 3
Your hand full of hours 5
Your Hair above the Sea 7
Aspen tree 9
The Secret of the Ferns 11
Sand from the Urns 13
The Last Flag 15
In the cherry tree's branches 17
The Banquet 19
Memory of France 21
Chanson of a Lady in the Shade 23
Night Ray 25
The Years from You to Me 27
Corona 29
Death Fugue 31
Into the Foghorn 35
I am the first 35
Crystal 37
Shroud 39
The Travelling Companion 41
Eyes 43
Landscape 43
Count the almonds 45
From Darkness to Darkness 49
Epitaph for Francois 49
Assisi 51
This Evening Also 53
In Front of a Candle 55
With a Variable Key 59
Nocturnally Pouting 61
Time's Eye 63
In Memoriam Paul Eluard 65
Shibboleth 67
Speak, You Also 69
Argumentum e Silentio 71
The Vintagers 75
Isleward 77
Confidence 81
With Letter and Clock 83
Under a Picture 83
Homecoming 85
Below 87
Tenebrae 89
Flower 91
White and Light 93
Language Mesh 95
Snow-Bed 97
Night 99
Matiere de Bretagne 101
Rubble Barge 103
All Souls 105
Draft of a Landscape 107
Voiceless, above 109
Low Water 111
An Eye, Open 113
The Straitening 115
There was earth inside them 131
Over wine and lostness 133
Zurich, the Stork Inn 135
So many constellations 137
Your/being beyond 139
On both hands 141
Twelve Years 143
With all my thoughts 145
The Lock Gate 147
Dumb autumn smells 149
Ice, Eden 151
Psalm 153
Tubingen, January 155
Alchemical 157
... plaster the fountain 161
It is no longer 163
Radix, Matrix 165
Mandorla 167
Cheek nestled up 169
Two-housed, eternal one 171
A la Pointe Aceree 171
The bright/stones 175
Anabasis 177
Afternoon with Circus and Citadel 179
In the Daytime 181
Kermorvan 181
I have cut bamboo 183
What occurred? 183
In One 185
Crowned out 187
Les Globes 189
Tabernacle Window 191
Everything's different 195
In the air 201
Ways in the Shadow-Rockslide 207
To Stand 209
Pledged to the persecuted 209
Thread suns 211
In the snake carriage 211
Piling-on of words 213
Etched away 217
No more sand art 219
When whiteness attached us 219
Hollow homestead of life 219
On the white prayer-thong 221
Go blind 223
Sewn under the skin 223
Landscape 225
The juggler's drum 227
Black 229
When you lie 231
In Prague 233
That which was written 235
Cello entry 237
King's rage 239
Solve 241
Coagula 243
Thick Easter smoke 245
A rumbling 247
Give the Word 249
Vast, glowing vault 251
Uprising of smoke banners, word banners 253
Once 255
Eternities 259
You were 261
To my right 261
Gull chicks 263
Irish 265
Dew 265
... and no kind of 267
Powers, Dominions 267
Think of it 269
In the great 273
Scraps of heard, of seen things 275
Night rode him 275
Hands 277
We were lying 277
That which 279
At Brancusi's, the Two of Us 279
Todtnauberg 281
Now 283
For a Brother in Asia 283
How You 285
Highgate 285
I can still see you 287
The eternities 287
The Irishwoman 289
No more half-wood 289
Oranienstrasse I 291
Submerged 293
Fallow-voiced 295
Obstructive tomorrow 297
Sprinkle ochre 299
Leap-centuries 301
Do not work ahead 303
Well-digger 307
The broached year 307
Illegibility 309
Whorish othertime 309
I hear that the axe has flowered 311
With the voice of a fieldmouse 311
World to be stuttered by heart 313
Januaried 313
Largo 315
Mapesbury Road 317
A leaf 319
Salvaging 319
Walking Plant 323
Not until 323
All those sleep shapes 325
Little Night 325
I fool about 327
A star 329
The trumpet part 331
The poles 333
Translator's Note on "Wolfsbohne" 337
Wolf's-Bean 341
On Translating Celan 346
Index of German Titles 363
Index of English Titles 365
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