Microliths They Are, Little Stones: Posthumous Prose

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.74 inches | 1.07 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Celan was born Paul Antschel in Czernovitz, Romania, to a German-speaking Jewish family. His surname was later spelled Ancel, and he eventually adopted the anagram Celan as his pen name. In 1938 Celan went to Paris to study medicine, but returned to Romania before the outbreak of World War II. During the war Celan worked in a forced labor camp for 18 months; his parents were deported to a Nazi concentration camp. His father most likely died of typhus and his mother was shot after being unable to work. After escaping the labor camp, Celan lived in Bucharest and Vienna before settling in Paris. Celan was familiar with at least six languages, and fluent in Russian, French, and Romanian. In Paris, he taught German language and literature at L'École Normale Supérieure and earned a significant portion of his income as a translator, translating a wide range of work, from Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, and Emily Dickinson to Arthur Rimbaud, Antonin Artaud, and Charles Baudelaire. His own work has been translated into English numerous times and by several noted poets and translators including Michael Hamburger, Rosmarie Waldrop, Heather McHugh, John Felstiner, and Pierre Joris.
Poet, editor, and translator Pierre Joris was born in Strasbourg, France and raised in the town of Ettelbruck, Luxembourg. He has lived throughout the United States, Europe, and North Africa. From 1992 to 2013, Joris taught at SUNY, Albany. Joris is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Poasis: Selected Poems 1986-1999 (Wesleyan University Press, 2001), Aljibar (Editions PHI, 2007), Aljibar II (Editions PHI, 2008), Meditations on the Stations of Mansur Al-Hallaj (Chax Press, 2013), Barzakh: Poems 2000-2012 (Black Widow Press, 2014) and An American Suite (2016). He is also author of two volumes of essays, A Nomad Poetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2003) and Justifying the Margins: Essays 1990-2006 (Salt Publishing, 2009). Joris lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the performance artist Nicole Peyrafitte.