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Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan

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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Translated from the French by Rosmarie Waldrop. An intimate portrait of Paul Celan in his last, increasingly dark years. Paul Celan and Jean Daive translate each other, walk, talk. Tensions, silences and, discreetly, Celan's crises and suicide. Autumn in Paris. Incessant walks under the dome of chestnut leaves. The Luxembourg Garden, the Square ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Burning Deck (first published January 1st 2009)
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The impenetrable—inhuman—distance between him and the Other. A distance where the remains of the world may accumulate: and I mean the remains.

I have hidden the madness...My poetry masks the madness.
Two poets, Jean Daive and Paul Celan, take walks around Paris over the course of a five-year period preceding Celan's suicide in 1970. In this fragmented memoir, Daive reports bits and pieces of their conversations, through which vague ghostly portraits of both men emerge. Daive was much younger tha
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—No more need for walls, no more need for barbed wire as in the concentration camps. The incarceration is chemical. The prisoner is chemical: he cannot take two steps on his own. But he can look at the outside. He can talk, right...”
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