Literature - Correspondence: Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan.
An evening of play readings by Anjum Katyal and Vinay Sharma.
In collaboration with Seagull Books.
The reading will be followed by a reception.
Paul Celan (1920-70) is one of the best-known German poets; many of his poems, admired for their straight, precise diction, deal directly with the basics of being human.
Austrian writer Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-73) is recognized as one of post-WWII German Literature's most important novelists, poets, and playwrights.
It seems only appropriate that these two contemporaries and masters of language were once lovers, and they shared a lengthy artful and passionate correspondence. Collected here for the first time in English are their letters written between 1948 and 1961. Their correspondence forms a moving testimony of the discourse of love in the age after the German atrocities and mass-murders of the Holocaust.
'Correspondence - Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan' is translated by Wieland Hoban and published by Seagull Books as part of its 'The German List' series with support from Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, India. All titles from 'The German List' can be purchased at a special discount price before and after the event.
Anjum Katyalis a published poet, co-edits Art and the City, a web journal on the contemporary arts in India, sings the blues, translates and reviews books and writes on theatre and the visual arts.
Vinay Sharma is an actor, director, writer, with Padatik, Kolkata since 1981 and has worked with directors such as Shyamanand Jalan, Usha Ganguly, Anmol Vellani and Rodney Marriott. His own directorial works have toured extensively in India and abroad.