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A Michael Hamburger Reader
Edited by Dennis O'Driscoll
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ISBN: 978 1 784105 15 0
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, German, Irish, Translation
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: September 2017
234 x 153 x 43 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
The Michael Hamburger Reader is the definitive collection of poems, translations, essays, interviews and personal reflections by one of the most influential Anglo-German writers of the last century.
Dennis O’Driscoll – a friend and fellow poet – has distilled Hamburger’s giant oeuvre into an essential volume that defines his legacy. The translations from German, Italian and French start with Goethe and Hölderlin and end with W. G. Sebald, via Celan, Bachmann, Brecht, and Nelly Sachs, among others. Hamburger’s own poems, with their subtle musical and philosophical inquiry, are generously sampled, as are his critical essays on major European writers, from Georg Trakl and Gottfried Benn to Samuel Beckett and T. S. Eliot.
Cover image: Vilhelm Hammershøi, Interior with a Bust (oil on canvas), c. 1900.
Awards won by Dennis O'Driscoll Short-listed, 2001 Irish Times Literary Prize,Irish Poetry (Weather Permitting) Winner, 2013 Irish Times Literary Prize,Irish Poetry (Dear Life) Winner, 2013 Irish Times Literary Prize,Irish Poetry (Dear Life)
Praise for Michael Hamburger 'The three main strands of his work, as poet, translator and critic, have always been twisted together into a single cord which though it can be separated out is most remarkable and distinguished as a whole.'
Modern Poetry in Translation
'Few English poets of our day can have come to their craft with the cultural and linguistic richness of Michael Hamburger.'
Praise for Dennis O'Driscoll 'It is as a poet of European temperament, and stature, that O'Driscoll demands to be judged. His terrain is, in effect, without borders: mordant, open, sharp, generous, and sad.'
George Szirtes, Guardian
'It takes a special genius to see the real and important lurking in the mundanely routine - O'Driscoll, the Irish Larkin, does. This most astute of poets juxtaposes the soul of the artist with the exactness of the anthropologist; the result is work of meditative intelligence, humour and forgiving humanity.'
Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times
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