Memory Rose into Threshold Speech
The Collected Earlier Poetry: A Bilingual Edition
Paul Celan; Translated from the German by Pierre Joris; With Commentary by Pierre Joris and Barbara Wiedemann
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Memory Rose into Threshold Speech gathers the first four books of the celebrated poet Paul Celan’s oeuvre, written between 1952 and 1963, which established his reputation as perhaps the greatest major post-World War II German–language poet.
Translated by the prize-winning translator Pierre Joris, this bilingual edition follows the 2014 publication of Breathturn into Timestead, Celan’s collected later poetry. Finally, Celan’s readers are able to read his work in full, with a new introduction and expert commentary from Joris. Celan, a Romanian Jew who lived through the Holocaust, displays his sharp ability to pinpoint totalitarian cultural and political tendencies.
The work, however, is not only reflective: there is in Celan a profound need and desire to create a new, inhabitable world and a new language for it. In Memory Rose into Threshold Speech, Celan’s reader witnesses his poems, which start lush with surrealistic imagery and become pared down, with the syntax growing tighter and his trademark neologisms and word-creations increasing. The four volumes in this edition show the flowering of one of the major literary figures of the last century.
This volume includes: Sprachgitter, Die Niemandsrose, Mohn und Gedachtnis, and Von schwelle zu Schwelle.