By Paul Celan, Pierre Joris

Entire translation via Pierre Joris of Paul Celan's Atemwende.

Dual-language edition.

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From Publishers Weekly
In Europe, Celan has turn into an more and more very important poet of the second one half the twentieth century, principally for his efforts to create a post-Holocaust language for German poetry. The proof of his lifestyles look inseparable from his paintings: his time period in a Nazi paintings camp, the homicide of his mom and dad by means of the Nazis, his loss of life via suicide in his followed France in 1970. Joris, a poet and professor at SUNY-Albany, locations Celan and this paintings (Atemwende, initially released in 1967) in context for the uninitiated American reader and discusses the issues in translating this poet's writing. Celan consciously tried to maneuver the German language clear of lyricism towards a terse, charged accuracy that can mirror the unrepresentable: "Down melancholy's rapids/ prior the clean/ woundmirror:/ there the 40/ stripped lifetrees are rafted./ unmarried counter-/ swimmer, you/ count number them, contact them/ all." Joris's translations (on pages dealing with the German textual content) catch a lot of the multilingual resonance, subtlety and compressed energy of Celan's marvelous, tough paintings, which has absorbed the curiosity of such critics as George Steiner and Jacques Derrida.
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From Library Journal
One of the best German-language poets of the century (born in what's now Romania), Celan has had an important effect on poetic traits within the usa in addition to in Europe. He dedicated suicide in 1970, having frolicked in compelled hard work camps through the conflict. He has been defined as surrealist simply because his poems use language and draw jointly photos in ways in which problem the reader to make feel of them. "Sense" is likely to be no longer meant by means of this poet, famous for developing composite phrases like "eternityteeth," "desertbread," and "heartshadowcord." His poems are possessed of a good power that's tough to provide an explanation for, given his tragic heritage. Others have translated Celan into English, such a lot particularly poet Michael Hamburger (Poems of Paul Celan, LJ 5/1/89). Joris's translations, provided the following in a bilingual variation, don't range significantly from Hamburger's, either translators are useful and cautious. Joris's significant contribution is tackling everything of Atemwende (1967), bringing many formerly untranslated poems to the eye of English-speaking audiences. advised for collections of global poetry.?Judy Clarence, California
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Review
Celan, born in 1920 in Czernowitz (now the Ukraine and Rumania), used to be raised Jewish; his mom instilled in him a love of German language and tradition. In 1941 he used to be despatched by way of Nazi troops to a exertions camp the place he realized, the subsequent yr, that the SS had shot and killed either his mom and dad. After the struggle he settled in Paris and wrote in German; in 1970 he drowned himself within the Seine. Breathturn, released in 1967, represents overdue Celan, a departure from lush and near-surrealistic poems to tightly edited ones jam-packed with neologisms, twisted syntax, and telescoping of phrases. at the back of the linguistic dexterity is a priority with paradox and the play among language and inspiration, wide awake and subconscious, sensual and highbrow. This translation -- of poems which, with coined phrases of multi-layered that means frequently culled from technical resources, are not easy within the unique German -- is a journey de strength, conserving Celan's ingeniousness and the poems' deepmost ardor.
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About the writer and Translator
Born in Bukovina (now a part of Romania) Celan observed his parents die as a result of the Nazi take over in their kingdom and their imprisonment in camps. He spent so much of his existence in Paris writing in German sooner than committing suicide. Pierre Joris lives in Albany, ny and teaches of SUNY-Albany.

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This has been shown only for a few cycles, especially the one most attentively stud­ ied until now, “Atemkristall/Breathcrystal,” comprising the twenty-one poems that open Breathturn. This is im ­ portant in that it helps us understand the serial/cyclical nature o f late Celan— which in turn will play a central role in how one approaches the translation o f those b o o k s, as w ell as b ein g essen tial to any seriou s hermeneutical or theoretical reading o f the work. Such research and textual clarification concerning the sequence o f books starting with Breathturn will also help dispel any notion o f a “Verstummen,” a falling silent by 32 the poet, which has been one o f the alibis used to dis­ miss the admittedly very difficult late work.

Celan’s later poems are written out o f this second and for its sake; they are datedy as finite language, on the second. The inversion o f the secondary into the “ primary,” o f the outer into the “ inner” is al­ ways effected in them so that they expand the char­ acter o f the secondary, in fine, instead o f domesti­ cating it. ) In addition, auskleiden is one o f the possible mean- 29 ings o f auslegen (to interpret). Insofar as the poem takes on this— second— sense in the image, in the clothing, in the pelt, it itself practices the herme­ neutic operation it recommends: the whole be­ comes fe\ineyfellhin undfellheryalthough not with­ out falling into what would count as failure for a normative understanding.

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