Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Über die dunkle Fläche

A note about the title of Pia Tafdrup's Over vandet går jeg (Over the Water I Walk), which a note on page 170 says was inspired by Manfred Peter Hein. This is evidently a reference to 'Über die dunkle Fläche', a poem by Hein which also gave the title to the first volume of his collected poems (1994).

Hein was active in the field of Nordic translation, particularly Finnish poetry: his German versions of Paavo Haavikko and Pentti Saarikoski are modern classics in their own right.

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