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By Günter Eich,Michael Hofmann

ISBN-10: 0691144974

ISBN-13: 9780691144979

This is the main entire English translation of the paintings of Günter Eich, one of many maximum postwar German poets. the writer of the POW poem "Inventory," between essentially the most well-known lyrics within the German language, Eich was once rivaled simply by way of Paul Celan because the top poet within the iteration after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and brought by means of Michael Hofmann, this assortment gathers 80 poems, many drawn from Eich's later paintings and such a lot of them translated the following for the 1st time. the quantity additionally contains the unique German texts on dealing with pages.

As an early member of "Gruppe forty seven" (from which Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll later shot to prominence), Eich (1907-72) used to be on the forefront 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 a long way japanese poetry. In his past due poems, he writes usually, movingly, and infrequently wryly of illness and disease. "To my mind," Hofmann writes, "there's whatever in Eich of Paul Klee's photographs: either are selfmade, modest in scale, instantly pleasant, creative, cogent."

Unjustly ignored in English, Eich unearths his perfect translator here.

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