Paul Celan by Paul Celan
70 Poems (Karen & Michael Braziller Books)

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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 English-speaking world with the truest access to Celan’s oeuvre.
 

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Paul Celan was born in 1920 in Czernowitz, Romania, to Jewish parents, who spoke German in the home. His mother and father were both deported to concentration camps during Nazi occupation and killed. Celan managed to hide for some time and then survived the war in a Romanian detention camp. After the war, he worked for a time as an editor and translator; he went to Paris to lecture on German literature. Celan began to receive recognition as a poet with the publication of his volume Mohn und Gedachtnis (Poppy and Memory) in 1952 and continued to publish steadily until his suicide in 1970. Divided between conflicting loyalties and cultures, Celan created a unique idiom. Despite the traumatic experience of Nazi occupation, he chose to devote himself to the study of German literature. His poetry is one of the most radical attempts to reconstruct the German language and literature in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Michael Hamburger was born in Berlin in 1924 and came to Britain as a child in 1933. He is the foremost translator of German poetry into English among the many authors he has translated from are HAlderlin, Celan, Rilke and Goethe and one of Britain's leading poets of the period since World War 2.
 
Published March 27, 2013 by Persea. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The second part, The Book of Memory begins, and ends, with a man sitting in a room facing a piece of paper on a desk and gradually builds up a whirling constellation of memories, stories, quotations and preoccupations on memory, loss, writing, the Holocaust, Auster's own Jewishness, fathers and ...

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Celan's lyricism works its way through linguistic violence, the verbal counterpart to the circumstances of his early life, as it deals with "the one / unwounded, / not to be usurped, / insurgent / grief".

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In choosing to write in High German, Celan adopts the language not only of the high culture of Czernowitz but of its destroyers.

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/ A tree- / high thought / grasps the light-tone: there are / still songs to sing beyond / mankind.”.

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"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 ...

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