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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Kiosk - New Poems

(German title: Kiosk)
ca. 134 pages
Clothbound
1995
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

The kiosk around the corner – outside, it has a lot on offer. Inside, in the semi-darkness, sits a man or a woman, but what they are thinking is a different story altogether. In the past, of course, kiosks couldn’t be found in the city centre but in quiet parks and spacious gardens: delicate pavillons, hexagonal or octagonal, open on all sides. The word ›kiosk‹ comes from Turkish where ›köşk‹ means ›garden hut‹ and the Turks borrowed both the graceful architecture as well as the word from the Persians.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s poems are situated in both places. They incorporate the jarring contradictions and the colourful lies of an ailing, marauding civilization as well as the meditaive background noise that can only be heard in seclusion. Enzensberger’s poetry moves between the mircale and the catastrophe with striking ease. It addresses scientific and religious motifs and changes its perspective at lightning speed, not without irony. For the author it’s only a small step from the intimate detail to the cosmic wide shot – and vice versa. The four chapters of the book are entitled »Falsification of History«, »Mixed Feelings«, »Amusements in the Brain Box« and »In Suspense«. Its backbone is a longer poem in four parts, »Flight of Ideas«, which represents the searching motions of these sparse, equivocal, strangely undeterred texts.

Praise

»Savage, funny, exact, widely informed, immune to sentiment, Enzensberger is the kind of public author we could do with here and now.« Sean O’Brien, Guardian

»It’s always bracing to read Enzensberger; he’s so playful, alert and light on his feet, both listening to himself and knowing the world.« Michael Hofmann, Times Literary Supplement

»Enzensberger, unarguably one of the most important European poets of the last 50 years, is also a novelist, critic, editor and translator and his books have been translated into over 40 languages […] Plain and learned, cold and clever, Enzensberger is always good at suggesting the violent chaos just beneath the surface […]« Andy Croft, Morning Star

»Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a major European voice who will broaden the horizons of those familiar only with home-grown poetry. He is wise, acerbic and profound. He is also very entertaining.« David Cooke, The High Window

Other publications

Fallobst/Windfalls (2019)

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Überlebenskünstler/Survival Artists (2018)

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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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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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Aussichten auf den Bürgerkrieg/Civil Wars (1993)

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Ach Europa!/Europe, Europe (1988)

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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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