Paul Celan Last Poems

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Last Poems

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Offers an introduction to the German poet's life and work and presents in English translation and the original German, his poems about consciousness, mortality, and love

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Text: English, German

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Celan's poetry reflects the emotional and spiritual scars he suffered at the Nazis' hands. After both his parents were murdered in concentration camps, he spent World War II in a forced labor camp; he died a suicide in Paris in 1970. Taken from his last three verse collections published in Germany, Last Poems contains short, fragmentary, free-verse explorations of a semiabstract universe in which a shattered soul confronts sounds, violent motions, stones, empty space. "In the gap of the calendar/ the newborn/ Nothing/ rocks him, rocks him." Memories of his Holocaust experiences are embedded like bullets in stained glass. Even when Celan does not deal directly with the Nazi years, the pressure of the past weighs heavily; he warns a crocus, "You need every blade." The translators' use of a plethora of compound words (pre-flood, hatchet-swarms) to cope with Celan's German coinages is understandable but not always effective. A critical apparatus would have been helpful. Most of the poems in this bilingual edition have never before been translated into English.
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