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This is the most comprehensive English translation of the work of Günter 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 Günter Grass and Heinrich Böll 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. from Abgelegene GehöfteRemote Smallholdings (1948)
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  1. AB GELEGENE GEHÖFTE/REMOTE SMALLHOLDINGS
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  1. P FANNKUCHENREZEPT/R E C I P E F O R PANCAKES
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  1. CAMP 16/CAMP 16
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  1. INVENTUR/INVENTORY
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  1. E R ST E R JANUAR/F I R S T O F JANUARY
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. from Botschaften des RegensMessages from the Rain (1955)
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  1. ENDE E I N E S S OMMERS/END OF SUMMER
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  1. GEGENWART/T H E P R E SENT
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  1. D-ZUG M ÜNCHEN–FRANKFURT/MUNICH-FRANKFURT E X P R E S S
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  1. K L E I N E R E PARATUR/MINOR R E PA I R
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  1. WEG ZUM BAHNHOF/WAY T O T H E S TATION
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  1. LEMBERG/LVOV
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  1. ANDENKEN/MEMORIAL
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  1. WO ICH WOHNE/W H E R E I L I V E
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  1. R E I SE/J OURNEY
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  1. MIT TAG S UM Z W E I/TWO I N T H E A F T E R NOON
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  1. BETRACHTET DI E F I NGERSPITZEN/EX AMINE YOU R F I NGERT I P S
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  1. B R I E F ST E L L E/FROM A L E T TER
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  1. E I N SICHT/UNDE R STANDI NG
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  1. ENDE AUGUST/END OF AUGUST
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  1. from Zu den AktenAd Acta (1964)
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  1. ALT E P O STKARTEN/OL D P O STCARDS
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  1. NEUE POSTKARTEN/NEW POSTCARDS
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  1. B E R ICHT AUS E I N E M K U RORT/REPORT F ROM A SPA
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  1. NACHHUT/REARGUARD
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  1. R E ST/REMNANT
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  1. ALT E HOL LÄNDER/OL D DUTCH MASTERS
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  1. BRÜDER GRIMM/BROTHERS GRIMM
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  1. Z U SPÄT F Ü R B E S C H E I DENHEIT/TOO LATE FOR MODES T Y
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  1. B E ST E L LUNG/ORDER
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  1. TRAGTASCHE/HOLDALL
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  1. OHNE UNTERSCHRIFT/UNSIGNED
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  1. JAQU E S DEVANT, F Ü R V I E L E/JAQU E S DEVANT, F OR THE MANY
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  1. AUFGELA S SE N E S Z OL LAMT/OL D CUSTOMSHOUSE
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  1. AU S SICHT VOM SPE Z IAL- K E L L E R/P E R SP E C T I V E F ROM T H E SPE Z IA L - K E L L E R
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  1. ZUNAHME/I NCREASE
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  1. AUSKÜNFTE AUS DEM NACHLA S S/T I P S F ROM T H E P O STHUMOU S PAP E R S
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  1. UNGÜLT I G E LANDKARTE/FRAUDULENT MAP
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  1. TOPOG R A P H I E E I N E R S C HÖNEREN WELT/TOPOGRAPHY OF A B E T TER WORLD
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  1. F U S SNOT E Z U ROM/ROMAN FOOTNOTE
  2. pp. 88-90
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  1. from Anlässe und SteingärtenOccasions and Rock Gardens (1966)
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  1. TIMETAB L E/TIMETAB L E
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  1. B E R L I N 1 9 1 8/B E R L I N, 1 9 1 8
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  1. KINDER-UND HAUSMÄRCHEN/FA I RY TALES
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  1. RAUCHBIER/RAUCHBIER
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  1. ALT E P O STKARTEN/OL D P O STCARDS
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  1. NEUE POSTKARTEN/NEW POSTCARDS
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  1. WEITG E R E I ST/TRAVELING FAR
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  1. FORTSCHRIT T/PROGRESS
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  1. HALB/HALF
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  1. SAT Z Z E ICHEN/PUNCTUATION MARKS
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  1. ZWEI/TWO
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  1. BET T HÜTEN/CON F I N E D TO B E D
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  1. SCHLU S S E I N E S K R I M I NALROMANS/123
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  1. ARMER SONNTAG/POOR SUNDAY
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  1. VERSPÄTUNG/DE LAYED
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  1. LANGE G E DICHTE/LONG P OEMS
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  1. Nach Seumes PapierenFrom Seume’s Papers (1972)
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  1. NÖRDL IC H E R SEUFZER/NORTHERN SIGH
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  1. STADTRAND/EDG E OF TOWN
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  1. P H I LOLOGISCH/P H I LOLOGICAL
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  1. NAC H D E M E N D E D E R B IOGRAPHIE/A F T E R SET TING DOW N T H E B IOGRAPHY
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  1. OP T I K/OP T IC S
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  1. NAMEN/NAMES
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  1. STEUERERKLÄRUNG/TAX DECLARATION
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  1. AUGSBURG/AUGSBURG
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  1. NAC H SEUM E S PAPIEREN/FROM S EUME ’ S PAPERS
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  1. SPÄTER/LATER
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  1. from Uncollected Poems andPoems from Radio Plays
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  1. DE R R E G E N I N E LT V I L L E/T H E R A I N I N E LT V I L L E
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  1. P LÄNE/P LANS
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  1. VORWINTER/EARLY WINTER
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  1. ALT E R DEZEMBER/ OLD DECEMBER
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  1. NOMADEN/NOMADS
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  1. FREUND UND HORAZLESER/FRIEND AND READE R OF HORACE
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  1. AU S : T R ÄUME/FROM: DREAMS
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  1. HÄNDE L/HANDE L
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  1. NAPOLEON DE N K T A N J O SEPHINE/NAPOLEON REMEMBERS JOSEPHINE
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  1. LANGE G E DICHTE/ LONG POEMS
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  1. DI E VOR IGE WOCHE/LAST WEEK
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  1. UND/AND
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  1. LANDGASTHOF/RUST I C HOTE L
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  1. K L I N I K FARBEN/HOSPI TA L COLOR S
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  1. VOM GLÜCK/OF HAP P I N E S S
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400834341
Related ISBN
9780691144979
MARC Record
OCLC
899267170
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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