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The reference is to Celan's most famous work, "Todesfuge" ("Death Fugue"), a poem which grows more harrowing with each reading, particularly the iconic lines "death is a master from Germany his eyes are blue / he strikes you with leaden bullets his aim is true." Hamburger's translation begins:
Black milk of daybreak we drink it at sundownThough this is among Celan's more accessible works, most of the poems in Hamburger's volume will reward, and stun, the attentive reader. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
we drink it at noon and in the morning we drink it at night
we drink and we drink it
we dig a grave in the breezes there lies one unconfined...
I read only the English of this dual- language , original facing the translation, in the text book.
This excellent edition of Paul Celan's major poetry (translated excellently by Michael Hamburger) provides the full scope of Celan's considerable genius.
Art after Auschwitz must be prepared to show the damage, the tears in the fabric of what makes us human.
I love this book, horrific though its subject matter. I can do no better than to quote the noted critic George Steiner, in a review obviously written before the existence of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Wagner
One of the things Noam Chomsky did to revolutionize linguistics was to point out that you could make sentences that were grammatically correct but did not make sense. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dirk van Nouhuys
I cannot imagine anyone who like words and don't like Celan.
This great Edition, bilingual, allows us to compare the original with what we can read in English - letting us... Read more
Here is a poem of this anthology that I could feel I understood and was moved by:
"Aspen tree, your leaves glance white into the dark. Read more
"Led home into oblivion..."
This line, from the poem titled Below, says much about Paul Celan's creativity. Read more
'you were my death
you I could hold
when all fell away from me'
It may be something of romantic notion to consider the life of a poet as relevant as the work... Read more
This excellent edition of Paul Celan's major poetry (translated excellently by Michael Hamburger) provides the full scope of Celan's considerable genius. Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by Steiner