Angina Days: Selected Poems (Facing Pages)

By Günter Eich

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 was once rivaled simply by means of Paul Celan because the best poet within the iteration after Gottfried Benn and Bertolt Brecht. Expertly translated and brought by way 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 amount additionally comprises 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 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 a long way jap poetry. In his past due poems, he writes often, movingly, and infrequently wryly of illness and sickness. "To my mind," Hofmann writes, "there's whatever in Eich of Paul Klee's photos: either are do-it-yourself, modest in scale, instantly pleasant, artistic, cogent."

Unjustly missed in English, Eich unearths his excellent translator here.

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