By Paul Celan, Pierre Joris
Paul Celan, one of many maximum German-language poets of the 20th century, created an oeuvre that stands as testimony to the horrors of his occasions and as an try and chart a topography for a brand new, uncontaminated language and international. Breathturn into Timestead: The amassed Later Poetry gathers the 5 ultimate volumes of his life’s paintings in a bilingual version, translated and with statement by way of the award-winning poet and translator Pierre Joris.
This assortment monitors a mature author on the top of his skills, following what Celan himself known as the “turn” (Wende) of his paintings clear of the luxurious, surreal metaphors of his prior verse. Given “the sinister occasions in its memory,” Celan believed that the language of poetry needed to develop into “more sober, extra genuine . . . ‘grayer.’” forsaking the extra luxurious song of the 1st books, he pared down his compositions to extend the accuracy of the language that now “does no longer transfigure or render ‘poetical’; it names, it posits, it attempts to degree the realm of the given and the possible.” In his want for an inhabitable post-Holocaust global, Celan observed that "reality isn't really easily there; it needs to be looked for and won."
Breathturn into Timestead unearths a poet present process a profound inventive reinvention. The paintings is that of a witness and a visionary.
"I will make the outrageous statement that Paul Celan reinvented poetry—or invented a brand new form of poetry—or took poetry to a spot the place it had by no means been prior to. through definition, such paintings can't be translated. Then alongside comes Pierre Joris, and by way of a few mysterious means of linguistic alchemy, he has controlled to translate enormous quantities of examples of this paintings, or no less than to provide models that include the strangeness and gear of the originals—and the grand experience of Celan’s past due poems lives on in English." —Paul Auster
*Starred assessment* "Hard to overlook and more durable to interpret, the dense and excellent poems of Paul Celan (1920–1970) stand close to the guts of postwar ecu letters, and of Jewish writing after the Holocaust. this primary visual appeal in English of the full overdue volumes arrives because of a poet well matched to the duty. Joris, a celebrated and prolific Luxembourger-American author, has been translating Celan on account that 1967 and the following unearths beautiful—or terrifying—correlates for Celan’s wrenched and recombinant speech. Celan, raised amid many languages, spoke German at domestic. The Nazis killed his mom and dad and held the poet in a exertions camp until eventually the tip of the battle. Celan settled in Paris, yet wrote his poems in German. The later poems—six books, 3 of them posthumous—comprise new compounds, alienated pictures, hauntingly crystallized words that sound like nobody’s local tongue: critics locate in them responses to the Holocaust, an "excavated heart," a civilization past fix. To learn Joris’s Celan is to determine not just the insights and the horrors, but in addition intimacy, sexual jealousy, irony, even humor and wish. The exemplary en face variation additionally offers the entire German; Joris presents a cautious creation and abundant, realized notes." —Publishers Weekly
"Paul Celan was once a celebrated translator and a poet famous as one of many 20th century’s maximum writers in German, along Rainer Maria Rilke. Celan’s paintings is outlined by way of his reports in the course of WWII, together with segregation right into a Romanian ghetto, the deportation and loss of life of his mom and dad, and imprisonment in a Nazi hard work camp. whereas Celan’s early paintings is characterised by means of lyrically advanced and emotionally severe verse, the tone and tenor of his poetry shifted dramatically as he moved clear of the immediacy of wartime thoughts and started to write down out of an urgency to reinvent his mom tongue via enigmatic strains and German neologisms. approximately each web page of this complete bilingual version contains wild, bewildering jewels: ‘Down melancholy’s rapids / prior the clean woundmirror: There the 40 / stripped lifetrees are rafted,’ and ‘the bloodsugar-pea, x-rayable / by means of fingernails, / rotates.’ Such abnormal, disorienting turns make for web page after web page of difficult poetry, and grasp translator Joris’s vast creation and statement offer very important context for readers much less conversant in Celan’s linguistic audacity. A helpful compendium." —Diego Báez, Booklist
"No twentieth-century poet pierces the guts of language with such a ravishing blade as Paul Celan. With Pierre Joris's gorgeous translations of Celans' past due paintings, together with his exemplary commentaries, it's as though we're interpreting Celan for the final time, as soon as again." —Charles Bernstein
"Paul Celan and Pierre Joris paintings, during this just right and complicated rendering, splendidly jointly. with out simplifying, aiming at something elegantly ‘poetic,’ or condensing Celan’s anxiously layered otherness, Joris has gotten correct to its grayness, what Celan calls ‘the darkness of the poem this day . . . a language fragment . . . freighted with world.’" —Mary Ann Caws
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