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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

The Elixirs of Science - Side-glances into Poetry and Prose

(German title: Die Elixiere der Wissenschaft)
ca. 282 pages
Clothbound
2002
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
Foto: Hans Magnus Enzensberger
© Jürgen Bauer

» […] 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

»As for progress, it has seen better days; in its plural form, however, it is as rampant as ever.«

Since his literary beginnings, Hans Magnus Enzensberger has always concerned himself with scientific themes, the history of science and the cognitive theories and biographies of researchers. His now legendary 37 ballads from the history of progress were published more than a quarter of a century ago in a volume called Mausoleum.
For Enzensberger, it goes without saying that poetry and science share common roots, but today, more than ever, it is both necessary and promising for them to meet at eye level. He considers it normal that a poet concerns himself with mathematics, chemistry and medicine as well as particle physics and genetics if he wants to be taken seriously in literature; and even more so as the discovery of poetry within the sciences themselves could provide »our lazy brains with a certain training and very unfamiliar sensations of pleasure.«

In this volume, Enzensberger has assembled poems from his entire work all the way to Leichter als Luft (Lighter than Air, 1999), as well as poems and prose which have heretofore not been published in book form.

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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Sanftes Monster Brüssel oder Die Entmündigung Europas/Tender Monster Brussels or the Disenfranchisement of Europe (2011)

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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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Zickzack/Zigzag (1999)

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