Poems of Paul Celan

Poems of Paul Celan

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Overview

Paul Celan is among the most important German-language poets of the century, and, in George Steiner’s words, ‘almost certainly the major European poet of the period after 1945.’ Language, Celan said, was the only thing that remained intact for him after the war. His experiences of the war years and of the loss of his parents are the recurrent themes of his poetry. In the end they led as well to his suicide by drowning in 1970.

Michael Hamburger’s extensive selection of Celan’s poems is presented in facing-text form, prefaced by an illuminating introduction. This third Anvil edition of his selected translations now includes the previously uncollected longer poem ‘Wolf’s Bean’, several additional short poems, and the essay ‘On Translating Celan’ in which he discusses the challenges faced over many years in his engagement with Celan’s poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780856463990
Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
Publication date: 03/31/1997
Edition description: None
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About 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 for Poems of Paul Celan.

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