- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (27 Jun. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140189203
- ISBN-13: 978-0140189209
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 Jun 1996
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Hamburger's versions of Celan were, for years, the only ones available, and translating Celan is a courageous venture in the first place, considering his knotted syntax and intense interest in philology. It now seems that younger translators are willing to have a go, and in some cases bring about in English a more accurate or at any rate an alternative take on the poems; John Felstiner and Iain Fairley have both delivered vivid and commendable takes on Celan's work. (The one essential book so far about Celan's life and work is Felstiner's 'Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew'.) In some cases they improve on Hamburger. Hamburger's version of Celan's most-anthologised poem 'Todesfuge' renders one phrase as 'digging your graves in the breezes', whereas Felstiner prefers the more prosaic 'digging your graves in the air'. The difference may seem trivial, until you consider that those victims of the Holocaust who were incinerated literally were given graves in the air.Read more ›
Michael Hamburger's bi-lingual edition (with German on one page, and translation into English poetry on the other) gives the reader an introduction to Celan.