Paul Celan’s Relationship to Bohemia and Moravia and the reflection of his work in the Czech Republic Cover Image
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…ich bin einigermaßen „angeböhmt“. Paul Celans Beziehung zu Böhmen und Mähren und die Reflexion seines Werkes in Tschechien
Paul Celan’s Relationship to Bohemia and Moravia and the reflection of his work in the Czech Republic

Author(s): Radek Malý
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Slovanský ústav Akademie věd ČR, v. v. i. and Euroslavica

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the attitude of Paul CELAN, an Austrian poet, to Czech lands. Even though CELAN never visited Bohemia or Moravia, he was closely related to the region through the lives of his parents: his mother spent several years there in exile and his grandmother (agnatic) was buried in Kyjov (Moravia). Celan reflects the fact for example in his poems Es ist alles anders [Everything is Otherwise] or Wolfsbohne [Blue Pea]. The way CELAN is related to KAFKA, and through KAFKA to Prague, is complex – the fact is demonstrated for example in the poem titled In Prag [In Prague]. Prague is a frequent topic in CELAN’s correspondence with Franz WURM, a Prague-resided poet writing in German, from the end of 1960s and the occupation of Czech lands by the armies of the Warsaw Pact on August 21, 1968 appears as a topic in three CELAN’s poems. The study is concluded with the reception of CELAN’s work in Czech lands through numerous translations published in journals and mainly through the anthology titled Sněžný part, arranged by a Czech translator, Ludvík KUNDERA, and published in 1986.

  • Issue Year: XXI/2010
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 213-228
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: German