CorrespondenceHardback German List
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- Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 442 pages
- Dimensions: 162mm x 198mm x 39mm | 708g
- Publication date: 15 August 2010
- Publication City/Country: Greenford
- ISBN 10: 1906497443
- ISBN 13: 9781906497446
- Sales rank: 286,216
Paul Celan (1920-70) is one of the best-known German poets of the Holocaust; many of his poems, admired for their spare, precise diction, deal directly with its stark themes. Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-73) is recognized as one of post - World War II German literature's most important novelists, poets, and playwrights. It seems only appropriate that these two contemporaries and masters of language were at one time lovers, and that they shared a lengthy, artful, and passionate correspondence. Collected here for the first time in English are their letters written between 1948 and 1961. Their correspondence forms a moving testimony of the discourse of love in the age after Auschwitz, with all the symptomatic disturbances and crises caused by their conflicting backgrounds and their hard-to-reconcile designs for living - as a woman, as a man, as writers. In addition to the almost two hundred letters, the volume includes an important exchange between Bachmann and Gisele Celan-Lestrange, who married Celan in 1951, as well as letters between Paul Celan and Swiss writer Max Frisch.
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Paul Celan was born into a German-speaking Jewish family in Romania; he lived in France and wrote in German. His works are collected in English in Poems of Paul Celan: A Bilingual German/English Edition and Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan, among other books. Ingeborg Bachmann is the author of Darkness Spoken: The Collected Poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, Malina, and Simultan, among others. Wieland Hoban has translated several works from the German.
"Scarcely more breathlessly and desperately can two lovers ever have struggled for words." - FAZ, on the German edition.