UNDER THE DOME: PAUL CELAN AT 100

UNDER THE DOME: PAUL CELAN AT 100″

–A Live Zoom-Cast, presented by City Lights Books & Publishers (San Francisco, California) and UC Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory:

Monday Evening, November 23, 6pm (Pacific Coast Time)

A Commemoration/Celebration of the Life and Work of the Poet Paul Celan

(November 23, 1920–April 20, 1970)

–This live Zoomcast event will also celebrate the recent release of several new translations of and books about Celan, including City Lights Publishers’ new edition of Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan by the poet Jean Daive, translated from the French by Rosmarie Waldrop.

Special guests will include Judith Butler, Mary Ann Caws, Norma Cole, Jean Daive, Philip Gerard, Fady Joudah, Myung Mi Kim, D.S. Marriott, Michael Palmer, Doris Salcedo, Timothy Snyder, Roberto Tejada, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Raúl Zurita. Moderated by Robert Kaufman. (Co-sponsors: UC Berkeley’s Art Museum and Film Archive, BAMPFA; and UC Berkeley’s Departments of Comparative Literature, English, German, French, and Spanish & Portuguese.)

The event is free, but pre-registration is required: please see the City-Lights announcement immediately below for further details/links for the book, the event, and event-registration:

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New from City Lights Publishers

An arresting memoir of the final years and tragic suicide of one of twentieth-century Europe’s greatest poets, published on the centenary of his birth.

Under the Dome: Walks with Paul Celan
By Jean Daive
Translated from the French by Rosmarie Waldrop

Introduction by Robert Kaufman and Philip Gerard

“Jean Daive’s memoir of his brief but intense spell as confidant and poetic confrère of Paul Celan offers us unique access to the mind and personality of one of the great poets of the dark twentieth century.”
J.M. Coetzee, recipient, Nobel Prize in Literature

“This fluid and indefinable work by Jean Daive has never been far from my thoughts since I first read it decades ago. . . . Now, we are fortunate once again to have available Rosmarie Waldrop’s pitch-perfect translation in this most welcome new edition.”
Michael Palmer, author of The Laughter of the Sphinx

“‘The world always remembers poetry,’ says Celan in this staggering epic of talking and silence and walking and translating at tables.”
Mary Ann Caws, author of Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism and editor of the Yale Anthology of Twentieth Century French Poetry

“A highly punctuated recollection, a memoir, perhaps a testimony, but also surely a way of attending to the time of the writing, the conditions and coordinates of Celan’s various enunciations, his linguistic humility.”
Judith Butler, Author of The Force of Nonviolence

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Celebrate “PAUL CELAN AT 100 ” with us:
Join us for a live stream in our City Lights LIVE events-series: a celebration of Paul Celan on his 100th birthday, as well as three new Celan books coming out in Fall 2020. Special guests: Judith Butler, Mary Ann Caws, Norma Cole, Jean Daive, Philip Gerard, Fady Joudah, Myung Mi Kim, D.S. Marriott, Michael Palmer, Doris Salcedo, Timothy Snyder, Roberto Tejada, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Raúl Zurita. Event moderated by Robert Kaufman. (Presented by City Lights and the University of California at Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory; co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Art Museum and Film Archive, BAMPFA, and UC Berkeley’s Departments of Comparative Literature, English, German, French, and Spanish & Portuguese.)
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Author of over fifteen collections of poetry and seven volumes of fiction, Jean Daive has been an important voice in French letters for over 35 years. His first book of poetry, Décimale blanche, published in 1967, received much attention; his subsequent volumes have often been ongoing, serial volumes—Narration d’équilibreTrilogie du TempsLa Condition d’infini. Daive’s work has received extensive critical attention both in full-length volumes and numerous articles. Also a translator, he has published translations of the poetry of Paul Celan, Robert Creeley, Norma Cole, and others. He lives and works in Paris.

Poet, translator, and editor Rosmarie Waldrop has been a forceful presence in American and international poetry for over forty years. In 1961, Rosmarie and her husband, Keith, began Burning Deck Magazine which evolved into Burning Deck Press, one of the most influential publishers for innovative poetry in the U.S.. She has lived in Providence, Rhode Island since 1968 and she has taught at Wesleyan University, Tufts, and Brown. In 1993 she was awarded the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for her translation of Edmond Jabès’s The Book of Margins, and was named “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government. Waldrop has authored over 20 books of her own writing, including poetry, fiction, and essays. In 2006 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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To view a recoding of this event, please visit the City Lights Booksellers & Publishers YouTube channel.