Peter Goßens

Paul Celan - Life, Work, Impact

(German title: Paul Celan)
ca. 190 pages
Peter Goßens

Peter Goßens

Peter Goßens, born in 1966, is a Professor of Comparative Literary Studies at the Ruhr-University Bochum. He was co-editor of the Celan exhibition ›Displaced‹, Paul Celan in Vienna 1947 – 1948 at the Jewish Museum Vienna (2001) and co-editor of the Celan Handbook. For Suhrkamp Verlag he has edited Celan’s Ungaretti translations (2006).

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100th birthday on November 23, 2020


The much-anticipated introduction on the occasion of the poet’s 100th birthday

Paul Celan’s work has been cultivated at Suhrkamp Verlag for more than six decades: Numerous editions of the collected works and many volumes of letters attest to a work that has had no equal in regard to its impact after 1945. But what was missing until now was a topical, brief and illustrated introduction to the life, work, and impact of the poet.

This gap has now been filled. With an illustrated biography and a clear account of the work complexes of poetry, prose and translations as well as a reception history focused on the most important aspects the introduction by Peter Goßens on the 100th birthday and 50th anniversary of the death of the poet facilitates an initial engagement with Paul Celan just as much as a more specialized reading and biographical approaches.