Winner of the EC's first European Translation Prize 1990 Paul Celan is among the most important German-language poets of the century, and, in George Steiner's words, 'almost certainly the major European poet of the period after 1945.' He was born in 1920 into a Jewish family in Bukovina, a German enclave in Romania which was destroyed by the Nazis. His parents were taken to a concentration camp in 1942, and did not return; Celan managed to escape deportation and to survive. After settling in Paris in 1948, he soon gained widespread recognition as a poet with the publication of his first collection of poems in 1952. Language, Paul Celan said, was the only thing that remained intact for him after the war. His experiences of the war years and of the loss of his parents are the recurrent themes of his poetry. In the end they led as well to his suicide by drowning in 1970. This book was awarded the EC's first European Translation Prize in 1990.
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Celan's mysterious, spell-binding German poems have been translated into equally mysterious, equally spell-binding English verse. Through these exemplary translations the English reader can now enter the hermetic universe of a German-Jewish poet who made out of the anguish of his people, and his own representative sufferings, things of terror and beauty - The Times Literary Supplement
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