By James K. Lyon
This paintings explores the dating and unfinished highbrow discussion among Paul Celan, appeared through many because the most vital ecu poet after 1945, and Martin Heidegger, possibly the main influential determine in twentieth-century philosophy. It facilities at the power ambivalence Celan, a Holocaust survivor, felt towards a philosopher who revered him and from time to time promoted his poetry. Celan, even though strongly plagued by Heidegger's writings, struggled to reconcile his admiration of Heidegger's principles on literature together with his revulsion on the thinker's Nazi earlier. That Celan and Heidegger communicated with one another over a couple of years, and in a debatable stumble upon, met in 1967, is widely known. the entire length, quantity, and nature in their exchanges and their influence on Celan's poetics has been much less understood, besides the fact that.
In the 1st systematic research in their dating among 1951 and 1970, James ok. Lyon describes how the poet and the thinker learn and answered to every other's paintings in the course of the interval. He deals new information regarding their interactions earlier than, in the course of, and after their recognized 1967 assembly at Todtnauberg. He means that Celan, who replaced his account of that assembly, could have contributed to misreadings of his poem "Todtnauberg." ultimately, Lyon discusses their final conferences after 1967 earlier than the poet's dying 3 years later.
Drawing seriously on documentary material—including Celan's examining notes on greater than dozen works by means of Heidegger, the philosopher's written reaction to the poet's "Meridian" speech, and references to Heidegger in Celan's letters—Lyon provides a centred point of view in this severe element of the poet's highbrow improvement and gives vital insights into his courting with Heidegger, reworking prior conceptions of it.