23 May 1996
Show More Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew by John Felstiner.
Yale, 344 pp., £19.95, June 1995, 0 300 06068 8Show More
Breathturn by Paul Celan, translated by Pierre Joris.
Sun & Moon, 261 pp., $21.95, September 1995, 1 55713 218 6Show More
“... Jewish traditions, but also the deep love of German literature and culture that was often found, especially in Jewish populations, in the Eastern marches of Austria-Hungary (think of the Galician, JosephRoth). In Celan’s case, this came to him from his mother: German was, in every sense, his mother-tongue. Already as a boy, he loved poetry, first Goethe and Schiller, then Hölderlin, Heine, Trakl ...”