Paul Celan

Poems - New complete and annotated edition

With 25 etchings by Gisèle Celan-Lestrange. Edited by Barbara Wiedemann
(German title: Die Gedichte)
ca. 1262 pages
Paul Celan
Foto: Paul Celan
© Wolfgang Oschatz

Paul Celan was born in 1920 in Czernowitz and passed away in April, 1970 in Paris. He is internationally recognized as one of the most important authors of the twentieth century.

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Celan Year 2020 – 100th birthday and 50th anniversary of his death


Celan’s collected poems – for the first time in their entirety and with new commentary. Close to 60 more poems than the 2003 edition.
The history of their origins, sources, cross-references: broken down with summaries and individual notes.

For Paul Celan reading was always an experience as well: the books, journals, and daily newspapers he read were as much a source of his poems as personal encounters and political events. When a complete and annotated edition of Celan’s poems first appeared in 2003, the indexing of such sources was still at its beginning. In the meantime editions of his most important epistolary exchanges have been published, the critical editions have been completed, and research in Celan’s bequest library with its literary traces and annotations has forged ahead.

On this basis, the 2003 edition could be expanded by close to 60 poems, some of them appearing for the first time, and all of his texts underwent careful examination. The commentary has also been reorganized and expanded considerably, especially thanks to the editor’s intensive research of Celan’s reading of the press. Special attention has been paid – in line with his poetology – to the ›inscribed date‹ of every poem. With this new edition the reader is given a great wealth of clearly demonstrable information for understanding Celan’s poetry.

Other publications

Herzzeit/Herzzeit (2008)

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Briefwechsel/Correspondence (1993)

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