Under the Dome by Jean Daive Summary
"It is autumn. Autumn in Paris. Incessant walks under the dome of chestnut leaves. Paris, the Luxembourg Garden, the Square of the Contrescarpe. And, finally, the question: who are we, and how do we read the unreadable world?" "Jean Daive tells of his friendship with Paul Celan, their translating each other, their walks, conversations, tensions, silences and, discreetly, of Celan's crises (writing in German but living in French, the psychiatric clinic, the separation from his wife Gisele) and final suicide in 1970." "The book blurs the time of these encounters and walks (1965 -1970) with the present of the author writing, 20 years later, on a Mediterranean island. He thinks and writes about Celan, about the women that led him to the poet, about other encounters (Tarkovsky, Broodthaers) that take place under the sign of Celan." "Under the Dome is an intimate portrait of Celan in his last difficult and increasingly dark years. It is also the encounter of two poets, each with his demons. The encounter of two poets for whom it is a matter of life and death to work language into a grid, a Sprachgitter, that could hold the world." --Book Jacket.