Alive or Dead (Unicorn German Series)

Alive or Dead (Unicorn German Series)

Heinz Piontek

dual-language edition
translation and advent through Richard Exner

Heinz Piontek was once a winner of the Georg Buchner Prize in 1976, an award given to German language writers of outstanding expertise. I hugely suggest taking a look into the gathering of prize winners on bibliotik. The authors and their writings current nice publicity to German language literature to a world audience.

from Exner's Introduction:
The assortment Alive or lifeless , from which the contents
of this e-book have been selected, is Piontek’s 6th quantity
of poetry. His previous poetry turns out to lie some distance in the back of regardless of
similarity in subject and perspective. He X-rays his period, its slo­-
gans and ideologies; he states a few disagreeable truths. He is
eloquent yet no longer wordy. He has develop into a grasp at slicing
his personal poems to the bone. His vocabulary of necessities and
essences is distilled from a colossal repository of poetic language,
informed through culture. Pathos is infrequent; in the course of the final years
there is expanding facts of a benign scepticism, of meas­-
ured irony. but, whilst a remembered panorama, for instance,
pushes his visions into the fact, he does no longer desire a lengthy
hymnic line to show praise.
Heinz Piontek is, as this quantity of originals and trans­-
lations exhibits, an terribly wide awake poet, conscious and
conscientious; to him, his complete craft is neither regimen
nor sullen.

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