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Poems of Paul Celan: A Bilingual German/English Edition (Revised Edition)

Poems of Paul Celan: A Bilingual German/English Edition (Revised Edition) Paul Celan, Translated by Michael Hamburger

The essential poet of the Holocaust, Paul Celan was one of the greatest poets to ever write in German and among the indispensable writers of the twentieth century in any language. His poems "embody a conviction that the truth of what has been broken and torn must be told with a jagged grace (Robert Pinsky, The New Republic).This peerless edition, first published in 1980, remains the English–language standard for Celan's poetry. It concludes with the compelling essay, "On Translating Celan," in which Michael Hamburger details his relationship with Celan's work and with Celan himself.

Praise for the Book:
"One's gratitude for [Hamburger's] Celan versions...is unstinted."—George Steiner, The New Yorker

"Celan's poems...require a searching translator.... Hamburger is that translator."—Carol Muske-Dukes, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Hamburger's starkly graceful selected translations...remain the best available."Publishers Weekly

About the Author:
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 (1924-2007) was awarded the Schlegel-Tieck Prize, and the prestigious Goethe medal.

Paperback/$18.95 (Can. $27.95)/ISBN 978-0-89255-4/416 pages/Poetry in Translation

 

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