Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew

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Yale University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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Paul Celan, Europe's most compelling postwar poet, was a German-speaking, East European Jew. His writing exposes and illumines the wounds that Nazi destructiveness left on language. John Felstiner's sensitive and accessible book is the first critical biography of Celan in any language. It offers new translations of well-known and little-known poems - including a chapter on Celan's famous 'Deathfugue' - plus his speeches, prose fiction, and letters. The book also presents hitherto unpublished photos of the poet and his circle.
 

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Celan (1920-70) is one of the great poets of this century. His world reputation rests on two aspects: he is a major German poet, and he is the preeminent poet of the destruction of European Jewish ... Read full review

Contents

Loss and the Mother Tongue 192043
3
A Fugue after Auschwitz 194445
22
Song in the Wilderness 194548
42
German Author in Exile 194853
57
Saying No To Say Yes 195354
77
Words That Will Not Heal 195457
92
Seeking
109
Only Language through Memory 1958
111
Translation Counterpoint 196163
200
Reality
213
Etching and Alchemy 196365
215
Crossing into Hebrew 196567
228
Prophecy out of Exile 1967
244
An Embabeled Tongue 196869
253
To Name Jerusalem 1969
264
A Question of Last Things 1970
280

The Other Voice Your Own 195859
126
With and Against the Pain 195960
147
Wrestling with the Angels 1961
170
Speaking East 1962
185
Notes
293
Index
333
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John Felstiner teaches at Stanford University.

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