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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Europe, Europe - Perceptions from Seven Countries

Collages by Jirí Kolár
(German title: Ach Europa!)
ca. 501 pages
Paperback
1988
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

»In this highly acclaimed and entertaining book, already »among the touchstones of the new travel writing« (Newsweek), one of [...] Germany’s leading authors takes us on an insider’s tour of Europe in the recent past. Focusing on Italy, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, Spain, and Portugal, he describes how Europe has been moving toward a new identity.

Enzensberger makes a witty and knowledgeable traveling companion, delving into surprising corners and byways – from the back alleys of Budapest to the halls of the Italian mint – and striking up conversations with everyone from bankers to revolutionaries, astrologers to apparatchiks. In the process, he suggests that Europe’s strength lies increasingly in embracing diversity and improvisation, not bigness and regimentation. He enables us to see with fresh eyes one of the most exciting parts of the world today.« (book description from the English edition by Pantheon)

Praise

»Spirited, acute, and brilliantly observant.« The New York Times

»[Enzensberger is] a raconteur of mordant wit […] a trenchant political thinker […] a pleasure to read.« Newsweek

»[Enzensberger’s] piercing perception, his talent for evoking astonishing scenes and persons […] and finally his angry loyalty to truth, make Europe, Europe a collection to which I’ll resort for inspiration again and again.« The New York Review of Books

Other publications

Fallobst/Windfalls (2019)

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Eine Handvoll Anekdoten/A Handful of Anecdotes (2018)

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Überlebenskünstler/Survival Artists (2018)

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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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Dialoge zwischen Unsterblichen, Lebendigen und Toten/Dialogues between the Immortals, the Living and the Dead (2004)

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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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Leichter als Luft/Lighter than Air (1999)

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Zickzack/Zigzag (1999)

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Kiosk/Kiosk (1995)

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Aussichten auf den Bürgerkrieg/Civil Wars (1993)

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Politische Brosamen/Political Crumbs (1982)

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Der Untergang der Titanic/The Sinking of the Titanic (1979)

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Mausoleum/Mausoleum (1978)

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Der kurze Sommer der Anarchie/The Short Summer of Anarchy (1972)

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Einzelheiten I/Particulars (1964)

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Politik und Verbrechen/Politics and Crime (1964)

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