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O the Chimneys: Selected Poems, Including the Verse Play, Eli

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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published February 1967 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Imen Benyoub
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
O the homeless colors of the evening sky!

O the homeless colors of the evening sky !
O the blossoms of death in the clouds
like the pale dying of the newly born !

O the riddles that the swallows
ask the mysterythe
inhuman cry of the gulls
from the day of creation

Whence we survivors of the stars' darkening?
Whence we with the l ight above our heads
whose shadow death paints on us?

Time roars with our longing for home
like a seashell

and the fire in the depths of the earth
already knows of our ruin
Michael Pennington
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
A poor translation, unfortunately.
Aveugle Vogel
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
"leaprootforest"
David Schaafsma
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Nelly Sachs was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966. She is known for her poetry about the Holocaust, the experience of which dramatically changed her style and approach to poetry. She is also known for her close relationship to Paul Celan, a Holocaust survivor, a friendship that almost exclusively took place through an exchange of letters. It is in part for this reason I read the book, which is roughly half of her collected works, though I had read some of her work decades ago, and w ...more
Valerie
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nobel-laureates
Poetry is like salsa, I guess. Everyone has their own perferred recipe, and the "right" spot on the continuums of smooth/chunky, spicy/mild, sweet/sour, etc is strictly a matter of taste. My husband absolutely gushes over poetry that leaves me scratching my head, and he reacts likewise to poetry that moves me.

This poetry was right up my alley in terms of how Sachs strings words together. (Read in translation, I will admit.) As far as the tone: The tone of the particular poems in the collection
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William Romsek
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nobel-prize
An intimate Jewish work, mostly poetry and a play. The first group of poems reflected on the extermination of the Jews (i.e., the chimney's of the crematoriums). These were beautifully descriptive, heartfelt works of art. After this first group the rest seemed more esoteric and less relatable. Translated from the Hebrew.
Andrew
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
sachs' work is simultaneously gorgeous and unsettling...this is probably one of my favorite books!
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Awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel's destiny with touching strength." (Award shared with Shmuel Yosef Agnon.)
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