TRANSLATOR CARL SKOGGARD / THE SONNETS OF WALTER BENJAMIN

May 4, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Walter Benjamin (1892 -1940) was a German philosopher and cultural critic and one of the most important theorists of the twentieth century. These 73 poems, written to mourn his friend Fritz Heinle, constitute an important though little-known part of Benjamin's literary achievement and a unique contribution to the history of the German sonnet. 

Please join us with the translator of these previously unpublished poems, Carl Skoggard, to hear them read in English and German. Iowa City musician and writer Liv Carrow will read the sonnets in their original language. This is Skoggard’s third translation of Benjamin’s books.

There will be a discussion of this work, to better understand its proper context in the life and career of Benjamin, as well as the Weimar period and modern poetry.