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Collected Prose

Paul Celan

Translated by Rosmarie Waldrop

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ISBN: 978 1 857544 69 5
Categories: 20th Century, German, Translation
Imprint: Lives and Letters
Published: November 1999
214 x 135 x 4 mm
64 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: Paperback, Hardback
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  • Our talk of justice is empty until the largest battleship has foundered on the forehead of a drowned man.

    from 'Backlight'

    Paul Celan is recognised as one of the greatest German-language poets since Rilke, and also a poet whose increasingly 'intolerable wrestle with words and meanings' in German produced a powerful, inimitable originality. He wrote formal prose reluctantly, and this volume, published in paperback for the first time, includes the sparse, illuminating writings on poetry and art and the aphorisms which contribute to our sense of the poet and his vocation.
    Celan is the most studied post-War European poet. His figure dominates poetry in the aftermath of the Holocaust, at once demanding and highly rewarding. The prose pieces collected here - including 'Conversation in the Mountains' and the invaluable Buchner Prize Speech 'The Meridian' - define a radical, deeply felt poetic response to the horrors of the recent past. Celan's voice cannot but be overheard, even when he speaks most quietly, in the debates about the legitimacy of poetry in the modern world.

    ROSMARIE WALDROP is a respected translator of European literature into English. Her work on poetry in general and on Celan in particular has been seminal.
    Paul Celan
    Paul Celan (1920–1970) was born Paul Antschel into a Jewish family in Bukovina, a German enclave in Romania which was destroyed by the Nazis. His parents were taken to a concentration camp in 1942, and did not return; Celan managed to escape deportation and to survive. After settling in Paris in ... read more
    Rosmarie Waldrop
    Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Germany in 1935. A respected translator from French and German, she is also the author of many volumes of poetry and two novels. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, and was made a 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres' by the French Government. ... read more
    Awards won by Paul Celan Winner, 1990 European Poetry Translation Prize (Poems of Paul Celan)
    Praise for Paul Celan 'The correspondence includes lovely Sachs poems and interesting accounts of their meeting and of contact with other prominent writers of the time. The introduction and afterword are indispensable, as is the entire book.'
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