Threadsuns by Paul Celan
(Sun & Moon Classics: 122)

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The second in the series of poetry books by Paul Celan written after his great “turn” in writing, Threadsuns was written in fast-paced, shifting moods, often containing a near-desperate sarcasm, as Celan collapses his concerns of mind, spirit, and language into a work of great continuity despite its complexity. Once again Pierre Joris has done an admirable job in translating Celan’s difficult texts into English.

 

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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.
 
Published May 21, 1998 by Sun & Moon Books. 280 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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Celan is commonly regarded as the most important poet to write in German since Rilke, but many of his poems remain untranslated and very few are known by English readers.

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Though fluent in a number of languages, Celan (1920-1970), who had come to Paris from Romanian Bukovina, pointedly wrote in German after WWII. His decomposition and recasting of that language, through

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Though Celan's work presents obvious difficulties for any translator, his English-language readers have long been well-served by Michael Hamburger's starkly graceful selected translations (Poems of Paul Celan, Persea), which remain the best available, and more recently, by Pierre Joris's acute re...

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