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Selected poems

Author: Hans Magnus Enzensberger; Michael Hamburger
Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books, 1994.
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Hans Magnus Enzensberger was born in 1929 in Bavaria and grew up in Nazi Nuremberg. His poetry's social and moral criticism of the post-war world owes much to Marxism, yet insists on the freedoms which have often been denied by Communist governments: like Orwell he maintains that satire and criticism should not be party-political. As well as being Germany's most important poet, he is a provocative cultural essayist  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Magnus Enzensberger; Michael Hamburger
ISBN: 1852242906 9781852242909 1852242914 9781852242916
OCLC Number: 31935453
Notes: English and German on facing pages.
Description: 255 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction / Michael Hamburger --
Language of the Country --
The End of Owls --
The Midwives --
Bill of Fare --
Remote House --
Camera Obscura --
Shore --
The Other --
For the Grave of a Peace-loving Man --
Middle Class Blues --
Portrait of a House Detective --
Purgatorio --
Historical Process --
Karl Heinrich Marx --
Lachesis lapponica --
Shadow Realm --
Summer Poem --
Joy --
Poem about the Future --
Song for those who Know --
Rondeau --
The Force of Habit --
Homage to Godel --
Concert of Wishes --
Apocalypse. Umbrian Master, about 1490 --
Notice of Loss --
Last Supper. Venetian. Sixteenth Century --
Security Considerations --
The Reprieve --
Cold Comfort --
Further Reasons Why Poets Do Not Tell the Truth --
Keeping Cool --
Model toward a Theory of Cognition --
Identity Check --
Research Council --
Dept. of Philosophy --
The Rest on the Flight. Flemish, 1521 --
At Thirty-Three --
The Employee --
The Divorce --
The Holiday --
A Staircase --
Sightseeing Tour --
Short History of the Bourgeoisie --
The Frogs of Bikini --
Vending Machine --
The Bell Jar --
Delete the Inapplicable --
The Comb --
Clothes --
Visiting Ingres --
A Dream --
Gillis van Coninxloo, Landscape. Panel, 65 x 119cm --
Appearances --
The Blank Sheet --
Consistency --
Old Revolution --
Residual Light --
Vanished Work --
The Ironmonger's Shop --
Old Couples --
Valse triste et sentimentale --
Fetish --
Sleeping Pill --
Towards Eternal Peace --
A Hare in the Data Processing Centre --
Limbic System --
The Poison --
Precursors --
Leeway --
Strange Attractor.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Hans Magnus Enzensberger ; translated by Hans Magnus Enzensberger & Michael Hamburger.

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger was born in 1929 in Bavaria and grew up in Nazi Nuremberg. His poetry's social and moral criticism of the post-war world owes much to Marxism, yet insists on the freedoms which have often been denied by Communist governments: like Orwell he maintains that satire and criticism should not be party-political. As well as being Germany's most important poet, he is a provocative cultural essayist and one of Europe's leading political thinkers. No British poet can match him in his range of interests and his moral passion. Enzensberger's Selected Poems draws on several collections published during the past thirty years, right up to his most recent book, Music of the Future. It includes a large selection from The Sinking of the Titanic, his last British collection, which The Guardian called 'a brilliant fantasia on the foundering of western society'. For George Szirtes, writing in the New Statesman, it was 'a dramatic and philosophical statement of compulsive power ... our emotions and our reason are driven along together as in the best of Brecht. We hear in Enzensberger the human voice amongst human voices, feel the extraordinariness of ordinary men.'

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