NTA Longlist: Breathturn into Timestead by Paul Celan translated by Pierre Joris

Breathturn into Timestead by Paul Celan, translated from the German by Pierre Joris (Farrar Straus and Giroux)

Celan-BreathturnMore than a monumental work of scholarship, Pierre Joris’s 40-year project in translation of the later poetry of one of the twentieth century’s most original and “untranslatable” poets is an extraordinary work of poetry in contemporary English. With seeming ease, Joris conveys the complexity and inventiveness of the original German without oversimplifying or domesticating its difficulty, its dark beauty, or the depth of its ideas. His commentary is also of great value in illuminating the background, sources and meanings of Celan’s singular

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About Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a poet, translator, and book artist.
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