Snow Part


Paul Celan on this book: “A few days ago, with some new poems, I got back the compact diction I’ve been hoping for. There will be a new book.”

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Paul Celan on this book: “A few days ago, with some new poems, I got back the compact diction I’ve been hoping for. There will be a new book.”

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Editorial Reviews

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"Fairley’s endlessly careful and brilliantly resourceful translations…he never fails to address himself to the music of the originals."—Daily Telegraph
Library Journal

Born in Czernovitz, Romania, in 1920 to a German Jewish family, Celan is regarded as one of the most significant poets to emerge from post-World War II Europe. To read Celan is to enter a poetic universe that is intellectually challenging and tonally rich. In this bilingual edition, Fairley (Fathomsuns and Benighted: Fadensonnen und Eingedunkelt) translates the 70 poems that make up Celan's Schneepart (posthumously published in 1971), along with 19 others produced during the poet's final years. Celan's parents were killed in a Nazi concentration camp, while he survived nearly two years of internment. His late poems focus on the experience of the Holocaust: "Tanks worm the suburbs." The poems are economic while syntactically and linguistically stylized. Night is "Over-/ridden, Over-/slidden, Over-/swithined//Un-/sung, Un-/swung, Un-/witherwrung." Narrative voices are "battleweary" and "strained," while the world is "frostsealed." Modern poetry readers have reasons to be grateful for Fairley's superb interpretation. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
—Miriam Tuliao

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931357463
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Edition description: Bilingual German-English ed.
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,433,365
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL CELAN was born Paul Ancel of a Jewish family in Romania in 1920. In 1942 his parents were deported and died in an extermination camp. Celan escaped but was in a labour camp until 1944. In 1948 he settled in Paris, where he took up the study of German literature and became a lecturer at the École Normale Supérieur. Paris remained his home until his suicide by drowning in 1970.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Iceland     xi
Snow Part
Unwashed, unprimed     4
You lie     6
Lilac sky     8
Well-gravers     10
The breached year     12
Unreadable     14
Whorish Then     16
What knits     18
I hear the axe has flowered     22
With a fieldmouse voice     24
In lizard     26
Snow part     28
The world to be stammered after     32
You with the dark sling     34
Januaried     36
Foul up     38
Parcel freight     40
Put in     42
Woodenvisaged     42
Largo     46
To the order of night     48
To speak     50
Something like night     52
Why so all at once at home     56
Why stand out     58
Mapesbury Road     60
The overvaulted call     62
Adumbrated     64
To monger     66
The man of runes     68
I gave a chance     70
What the wall says     72
For Eric     74
Who breaks no ground?     76
Leucojums     78
You cord through     80
For Eric     82
Your blond shadow     84
Abysms prowl     86
The echo of your mane     88
The device in your ear     92
The half-eaten     94
A leaf     96
Playtime     98
The steps climb     100
Open glottis     102
To climb     104
Raised bog     106
Oreflashes     108
One-faced     110
With vinehooks     112
Loess dolls     114
Steelshot lens-stone     118
And force and pain     120
Uplifted     122
Rockfall     124
I pace     126
Flashlights     128
A reading branch     130
Tear     134
Chalk crocus     136
The cables     138
In the entry hatches     140
And now     142
Quickfire perihelion     144
We the overdeepened     146
Behind templesplinters      148
Umbrage     150
The darkened     152
Eternity     154
Other Poems (1968-1969)
The goat's-leaf bleats     158
You     160
Proverb-Deutsch     162
Port-Bou - deutsch?     164
Stimulus point     166
Oldest Red     168
Gymnosperm     170
How many     172
I hear so much of you     174
You are unending     176
Into sleep, into the beam     178
In my shot knee     180
Standing grief, at no time     182
Where no light can be shed     184
Live the lives     186
You seek asylum     188
Weighed     190
Kew Gardens     192
In receipt / Sold out / Daybreak soon     194
Biographical Note: Paul Celan     197
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