Paul Celan in Mapesbury Road
Toby Litt investigates what brought the poet Paul Celan to an ordinary North London street in the 1960s, and why he chose to write a poem about the experience.
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.
- Tue 19 Oct 2010 11:30