Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry (A by Paul Celan, Pierre Joris

By Paul Celan, Pierre Joris

Paul Celan, one of many maximum German-language poets of the 20 th century, created an oeuvre that stands as testimony to the horrors of his instances and as an try to chart a topography for a brand new, uncontaminated language and international. Breathturn into Timestead: The gathered Later Poetry gathers the 5 ultimate volumes of his life’s paintings in a bilingual version, translated and with statement by means of the award-winning poet and translator Pierre Joris.

This assortment screens a mature author on the peak of his abilities, following what Celan himself referred to as the “turn” (Wende) of his paintings clear of the plush, surreal metaphors of his prior verse. Given “the sinister occasions in its memory,” Celan believed that the language of poetry needed to turn into “more sober, extra actual . . . ‘grayer.’” forsaking the extra luxurious tune 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 world of the given and the possible.” In his desire for an inhabitable post-Holocaust international, Celan observed that "reality isn't easily there; it needs to be looked for and won."

Breathturn into Timestead unearths a poet present process a profound creative reinvention. The paintings is that of a witness and a visionary.

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"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 ahead of. via definition, such paintings can't be translated. Then alongside comes Pierre Joris, and through a few mysterious means of linguistic alchemy, he has controlled to translate thousands of examples of this paintings, or at the very least to supply models that include the strangeness and gear of the originals—and the grand event of Celan’s past due poems lives on in English." —Paul Auster

*Starred evaluate* "Hard to omit and more durable to interpret, the dense and fabulous 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 whole past due volumes arrives because of a poet well matched to the duty. Joris, a celebrated and prolific Luxembourger-American author, has been translating Celan considering 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 top of the struggle. Celan settled in Paris, yet wrote his poems in German. The later poems—six books, 3 of them posthumous—comprise new compounds, alienated photographs, 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 provides all of the German; Joris presents a cautious advent and abundant, realized notes." —Publishers Weekly

"Paul Celan used to be 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 studies in the course of WWII, together with segregation right into a Romanian ghetto, the deportation and dying of his mom and dad, and imprisonment in a Nazi exertions camp. whereas Celan’s early paintings is characterised via lyrically advanced and emotionally extreme verse, the tone and tenor of his poetry shifted dramatically as he moved clear of the immediacy of wartime thoughts and commenced to jot down out of an urgency to reinvent his mom tongue via enigmatic traces and German neologisms. approximately each web page of this accomplished bilingual variation comprises wild, bewildering jewels: ‘Down melancholy’s rapids / earlier the clean woundmirror: There the 40 /  stripped lifetrees are rafted,’ and ‘the bloodsugar-pea, x-rayable / through fingernails, / rotates.’ Such bizarre, disorienting turns make for web page after web page of tough poetry, and grasp translator Joris’s large advent and remark supply 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 center of language with such a phenomenal blade as Paul Celan. With Pierre Joris's wonderful translations of Celans' overdue paintings, together with his exemplary commentaries, it really is as though we're interpreting Celan for the final time, as soon as again." —Charles Bernstein

"Paul Celan and Pierre Joris paintings, during this most appropriate and intricate rendering, splendidly jointly. with out simplifying, aiming at whatever 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 present day . . . a language fragment . . . freighted with world.’" —Mary Ann Caws

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