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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Tender Monster Brussels or the Disenfranchisement of Europe

Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Foto: Hans Magnus Enzensberger
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» […] one of Germany's leading public intellectualsLondon Review of Books

Hans Magnus Enzensberger was born in Kaufbeuren in 1929. As a poet, essayist, writer, publisher and translator, he is one of the world’s most influential and internationally renowned German intellectuals.
 

Awards (selection):
Sonningprisen 2010
Premio d’Annunzio 2006
Premio Principe de Asturias 2002
Heinrich-Heine-Preis 1998
Erich-Maria-Remarque-Friedenspreis 1993
Heinrich Böll-Preis 1985
Büchner-Preis 1963
Deutscher Kritikerpreis 1962

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About

»Europe is on everyone’s lips these days. Mistrust is rife against the distant institution in Brussels. What, more and more Europeans ask themselves, do our largely unknown custodians do behind mirrored facades, mostly closed doors and with a highly questionable legitimisation?«

Who dictates that we should have thirty-four-digit bank transfer codes, questions the legal systems of apparently sovereign nations and sets up rescue systems of dizzying proportions that exceed the budgets of their economically strong members? How do these unelected trustees interfere with our daily lives and, above all, by what right?

Hans Magnus Enzenberger has set himself the task of writing an essay that contributes to enlightenment about the customs and rules of an institution that claims to govern us even though this does not promise to be entirely pleasurable: laconic and accurate, well-informed and biting yet concerned with justice. For the monster that he looks in the eye is not always formidable but also tender too. Nevertheless, the reader has to accept the side effects.

Praise

»Enzensberger is not content just to polemicize the EU. He wants to expose an unstoppable, power-crazed monster. His tone is distinctive: relaxed but precise, and always poised to jump […]« FAZ 

»Read Enzensberger! - particularly his analysis on the great dream of European unity.« Paul Michael Lützeler, Die Welt

»In Brussels, there lurks a bureaucratic monster, and it requires an essayist like Hans Magnus Enzensberger to pit himself against it.« Hubert Spiegel, FAZ

Other publications

Immer das Geld!/Nothing but Money! (2015)

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Tumult/Tumult (2014)

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Verschwunden!/Gone! (2014)

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Herrn Zetts Betrachtungen, oder Brosamen, die er fallen ließ, aufgelesen von seinen Zuhörern/Mr. Zed’s Considerations or Crumbs That He Let Fall, Gleaned From His Listeners (2013)

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Enzensbergers Panoptikum/Enzensberger’s Panoptikum (2012)

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Album/Album (2010)

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Meine Lieblings-Flops, gefolgt von einem Ideen-Magazin/My Favourite Flops, followed by a wealth of ideas (2010)

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Fortuna und Kalkül/Fortuna and Probability (2009)

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Hammerstein oder Der Eigensinn/Hammerstein or Idiosyncrasy (2008)

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Im Irrgarten der Intelligenz/The Labyrinth of Intelligence (2007)

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Schreckens Männer/Terror's Men (2006)

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Josefine und ich/Josefine and I (2006)

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Die Geschichte der Wolken/The History of the Clouds (2003)

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Die Elixiere der Wissenschaft/The Elixirs of Science (2002)

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Zickzack/Zigzag (1999)

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