Snow Part: Bilingual edition (English/German)
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Snow Part: Bilingual edition (English/German)

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Paul Celan on this book: "A few days ago, with some new poems, I got back the compact diction I've been hoping for. There will be a new book."
Paperback, 90 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Sheep Meadow Press
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Eddie Watkins
Instead of attempting to review this entire book I will instead offer a rather simple interpretation of a relatively simple poem from the collection. Of course when we’re speaking of Celan nothing is really simple, as his poems are extremely compressed expressions of intense states of being, often completely interior, with the poem made even more difficult by compound neologisms and specific personal references that only repeated readings can begin to clarify, or the reading of secondary literat...more
Language in pain.

(Coming closer to writing something about this. But can you speak of (write) something that exists outside of words/speech?)

A word about the crocus.
i suspect that if i read german i would enjoy this more. the more interesting bits of the translation come in the juxtaposed compounds. some beautiful moments and the whole seems more than the parts. would like to read more celan, perhaps by a different translator for comparison.
James Cook
Five stars obviously for Celan's German, three for this translation, which I have a hard time with. I think I'm just going to have to learn German...
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Poet, translator, essayist, and lecturer, influenced by French Surrealism and Symbolism. Celan was born in Cernăuţi, at the time Romania, now Ukraine, he lived in France, and wrote in German. His parents were killed in the Holocaust; the author himself escaped death by working in a Nazi labor camp. "Death is a Master from Germany", Celan's most quoted words, translated into English in different wa...more
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