A word coined by the poet Paul Celan. Edmund de Waal mentions that ‘Celan cannot find words to fit together easily. German is his language, but he is Jewish and German is also the language that killed his family. So Celan brings words together into newness’. One of these is Atemwende or ‘breathturn’ which de Waal defines as ‘the strange moment of pause between breathing in and breathing out, when your sense of self is suspended and you are open to everything’.
Source: Edmund de Waal, The White Road, p. 388