Angina Days: Selected Poems (Facing Pages) (Hardcover)

Angina Days: Selected Poems (Facing Pages) By Günter Eich, Michael Hofmann (Translator), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Günter Eich, Michael Hofmann (Translator), Michael Hofmann (Introduction by)
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A bilingual edition of one of the most important German poets of the twentieth century

This is the most comprehensive English translation of the work of G nter Eich, one of the greatest postwar German poets. The author of the POW poem "Inventory," among one of the most famous lyrics in the German language, Eich was rivaled only by Paul Celan as the leading poet in the generation after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and introduced by Michael Hofmann, this collection gathers eighty poems, many drawn from Eich's later work and most of them translated here for the first time. The volume also includes the original German texts on facing pages.

As an early member of "Gruppe 47" (from which G nter Grass and Heinrich B ll later shot to prominence), Eich (1907-72) was at the vanguard of an effort to restore German as a language for poetry after the vitriol, propaganda, and lies of the Third Reich. Short and clear, these are timeless poems in which the ominousness of fairy tales meets the delicacy and suggestiveness of Far Eastern poetry. In his late poems, he writes frequently, movingly, and often wryly of infirmity and illness. "To my mind," Hofmann writes, "there's something in Eich of Paul Klee's pictures: both are homemade, modest in scale, immediately delightful, inventive, cogent."

Unjustly neglected in English, Eich finds his ideal translator here.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780691144979
ISBN-10: 0691144974
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: May 9th, 2010
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Facing Pages