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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Tumult

(German title: Tumult)
ca. 287 pages
Clothbound
2014
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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How could so much happen in 1000 days?

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An autobiographical reflection on a decade of tumult

The Russian novel: the relationship with Maria Makarowa

In 1963 the author took his first trip to Russia and unexpectedly became a guest at Khrushchevʹs dacha in Gagra. The result was a detailed portrait of the man and the Soviet »Thaw« politics of the period. Three years later Enzensberger traveled through the USSR from the deepest south all the way to Siberia. And it was upon this dizzying journey that the first complications of the »Russian novel« – his conflict-filled relationship with his second, Russian, wife – began. Then in 1968/1969 the poet entered into a phase of political and private tumult. In the middle of the Vietnam War he accepted an invitation to go to Wesleyan University, but only a few months later found himself lured to the Cuba of the Revolution. And, naturally, the extra-parliamentary opposition party battles in Berlin were not too far away for the poet not to become a key actor on the stage…

How does the older Enzensberger look back upon his younger self from a distance of 50 years? The answer to this question leads to a passionate argument in which each Enzensberger vigorously defends himself. A final chapter carrying the lapidary title of Subsequently qualifies as a departure from »the political and private obsessions of the ʹ60s«. And it is here that Enzensberger commemorates the defeated and its compatriots. Indeed, the book is dedicated to »those who disappeared«.

Other publications

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

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

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Zickzack/Zigzag (1999)

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