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By Gunter Eich, Michael Hofmann, Michael Hofmann

ISBN-10: 0691144974

ISBN-13: 9780691144979

This is the main finished English translation of the paintings of Günter Eich, one of many maximum postwar German poets. the writer of the POW poem ''Inventory,'' between the most well-known lyrics within the German language, Eich used to be rivaled in simple terms through Paul Celan because the best poet within the new release after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and brought via Michael Hofmann, this assortment gathers 80 poems, many drawn from Eich's later paintings and such a lot of them translated right here for the 1st time. the amount additionally comprises the unique German texts on dealing with pages.

As an early member of ''Gruppe 47'' (from which Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll later shot to prominence), Eich (1907-72) used to be on the leading edge of an attempt to revive German as a language for poetry after the vitriol, propaganda, and lies of the 3rd Reich. brief and transparent, those are undying poems during which the ominousness of fairy stories meets the delicacy and suggestiveness of some distance jap poetry. In his overdue poems, he writes usually, movingly, and sometimes wryly of illness and sickness. ''To my mind,'' Hofmann writes, ''there's anything in Eich of Paul Klee's photos: either are selfmade, modest in scale, instantly pleasant, creative, cogent.''

Unjustly missed in English, Eich reveals his perfect translator here.

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Calmly he acknowledges the report from the woods that the gates of paradise are to be thrown open. 37 BETRACHTET DIE FINGERSPITZEN Betrachtet die Fingerspitzen, ob sie sich schon verfärben! Eines Tages kommt sie wieder, die ausgerottete Pest. Der Postbote wirft sie als Brief in den rasselnden Kasten, als eine Zuteilung von Heringen liegt sie dir im Teller, die Mutter reicht sie dem Kinde als Brust. Was tun wir, da niemand mehr lebt von denen, die mit ihr umzugehen wußten? Wer mit dem Entsetzlichen gut Freund ist, kann seinen Besuch in Ruhe erwarten.

Nun aber rührt der warme Hauch aus den Bäckerein mein Herz an wie eine Zärtlichkeit und ich kann nicht gelassen sein. 26 WA Y T O T H E S T A T I O N The factory is still silent, bleak in the moonlight. I thought I was used to the shiver of early morning! m. train, thinking I was self-sufficient, proof against all sadness. But now the warm aroma from the bakeries touches my heart like a caress, and makes it impossible to be calm. 27 LEMBERG 1 Stadt auf wievielen Hügeln. Ergrautes Gelb. Einen Glockenton gibt es dir mit, hörbar im Klirren deiner Erkennungsmarke.

Immer Gespinste aus entrückten Zeiten, zuvor und zukünftig: Das Wohnen in Höhlen, die ewige troglodytische Zeit, der bittere Geschmack vor den Säulen Heliogabals und den Hotels von St. Moritz. Die grauen Höhlen, Baracken, wo das Glück beginnt, dieses graue Glück. Der Druck deines Armes, der mir antwortet, der Archipelag, die Inselkette, zuletzt Sandbänke, nur noch erahnbare Reste aus der Süße der Vereinigung. (Aber du bist von meinem Blute, über diesen Steinen, neben den Gartensträuchern, ausruhenden alten Männern auf der Anlagenbank und dem Rauschen der Straßenbahnlinie sechs, Anemone, gegenwärtig 18 THE PRESENT Glimpsed on various days, the poplars on Leopoldstrasse, but always autumnal, always wraiths of misty sunshine or bits of rain-embroidery.

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