Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Paul Celan in Mapesbury Road

Every now and then, one is reminded why the license fee is worth paying. (Aside from the daily output of Radio 3 it is sometimes hard to remember.) Today, however, Radio 4 broadcast 'Paul Celan in Mapesbury Road':

What brought one of the most compelling modern European poets to a perfectly ordinary street in North London? Who did he visit there? And what made him write a poem about the experience? The writer, Toby Litt, investigates this most improbable of brief encounters between Paul Celan, the master elegist of 20th century Jewish experience and Britain at the end of the Sixties.

This delightful broadcast is available on the BBC iPlayer for the next seven days. Highly recommended and rare. 


Unknown said...

A wonderful broadcast, heard by chance. They didn't mention the associated exhibition at the Southbank. It would be good to see the poem on the BBC website.

Ian Pindar said...

I agree, Rosalind. You can find 'Mapesbury Road' in Michael Hamburger's Selected Poems of Celan (pp.336-7), but it isn't in John Felstiner's Selected Poems & Prose (excellent as that is, too).