‘Scarcely more breathlessly and desperately can two lovers ever have struggled for words. Little known among German literary historians, the relationship between these two poets amounts to one of the most dramatic and momentous occurrences in German literature.’ —FAZ, on the German edition
‘In almost 200 letters, telegrams, postcards, unsent drafts, poems as love-letters, [Celan and Bachmann] tussle with the possibilities and limitations of communication through the written word. Silence and personal darkness have their place.’ —The Independent
‘Bachmann’s letters tend to be lengthy, and Celan’s are shorter or absent altogether, his responses often apologetic for not having written sooner (or not having written at all). And yet we receive a sense of the tumultuous times in which they lived and the development of their thinking and writing.’ —Christian Kiefer, The Paris Review
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