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Durs Grünbein

Grey Area in the Mornings - Poems

(German title: Grauzone morgens)
ca. 96 pages
Paperback
1988
Durs Grünbein
Foto: Durs Grünbein
© Tineke de Lange

Durs Grünbein, born 1962 in Dresden, lives in Berlin.

Awards (Selection):

Peter-Huchel-Prize (1995)
Georg-Büchner-Prize (1995)
Friedrich Nietzsche-Prize (2004)
Tomas-Tränströmer-Prize (2012)
Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award (2020)

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Italy (Einaudi); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Spanish world rights (Poesia Hidalgo), Hungary (Jelenkor)

About

The »silent turmoil« of an elegiac expressionism is what propels Durs Grünbein’s poems forwards, who notes his experience of reality in crass and direct images.

In these poems, a protest against a reality that is increasingly harder to grasp, »everything happens at eye level«. Durs Grünbein holds onto the fleeting moments in his poems in »Glimpses & Glances«, poems from the »Ghetto of a Lost Generation«: grey cities, destroyed landscapes and the »broken visages« of the working heroes. But at the same time these poems dream of escaping the gravity of the situation. Representative of a young generation born into the GDR Durs Grünbein asks:

Amigo, just what went wrong that they are turning us into children like that with their insight into necessity, their growing role of the state?

Other publications

Aus der Traum (Kartei)/From the Dream (Files) (2019)

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France (selection; 17 Muscles)

Zündkerzen/Spark Plugs (2017)

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Italy (selection; Einaudi)

Die Jahre im Zoo/The Years at the Zoo (2015)

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English world rights (Seagull), Sweden (Ersatz)

Die Bars von Atlantis/The Bars of Atlantis (2009)

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English world rights (FSG), Sweden (Ersatz)

Der cartesische Taucher/The Cartesian Diver (2008)

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English world rights (Upper West Side Philosophers), Sweden (Ersatz)

Strophen für übermorgen/Verses for the Day after Tomorrow (2007)

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Porzellan/Porcelain (2005)

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English world rights (Seagull)

Vom Schnee oder Descartes in Deutschland/On Snow or Descartes in Germany (2003)

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France (Greges), Italy (Einaudi), Sweden (Ersatz); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Greece (Keedros)

Erklärte Nacht/Declared Night (2002)

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Das erste Jahr/The First Year (2001)

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Nach den Satiren/After the Satires (1999)

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Den Teuren Toten/The Dear Dead (1994)

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