Bachmann / Celan: Briefwechsel/The correspondence
Ingeborg Bachmann / Paul Celan Herzzeit/Heart times
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"You were, when I met you, both for me: the sensual and the intellectual. This can never be separated, Ingeborg"
Paul Celan to Ingeborg Bachmann, Paris, 31st October 1957
The love affair between the two most important German-speaking poets after 1945 began in post-war Vienna, where Bachmann studied philosophy, while it was a mere stop-over for Paul Celan. The met for the first time in May 1948, at the end of June he went on to Paris. After their separation their correspondence is scarce at the beginning, developing only hesitantly, then continuing in ever more dramatic phases. Each of these phases has its own face, its special sound, its themes, its hopes, its own dynamics, its own form of silence.
The correspondence between 1948 and 1961 is the moving testimony of a love after Auschwitz, with all its symptomatic traumata and crises, due to the very different origins of Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan and their life plans as woman and as man and as writers, which were so hard to bring together.
Read in German by Johanna Wokalek and Jens Harzer
4 CD's with booklet in German
Total run time: 304 minutes