Durs Grünbein

The First Year - Berlin Notes

(German title: Das erste Jahr)
ca. 328 pages
Durs Grünbein
Foto: Durs Grünbein
© Jürgen Bauer

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)

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Italy (Einaudi)


Notes penned in the manner of ideas for future use between January 1 and December 31, 2000, these notes capture the historical moment, the start of the new millennium seen entirely through the author’s own eyes.

Very personal matters are included such as the birth of his daughter, the changes his family life underwent in the subsequent months, memories of his own childhood in Dresden, his parents and grandparents, but also the changes in Berlin and the post-unification Germany, travel impressions, work on his poems and reflections on poetology.

Other publications

Der cartesische Taucher/The Cartesian Diver (2008)

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

Porzellan/Porcelain (2005)

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

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Italy (Einaudi), Sweden (Ersatz), Greece (Keedros)

Erklärte Nacht/Declared Night (2002)

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Italy (Einaudi), Hungary (Jelenkor)

Nach den Satiren/After the Satires (1999)

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France (Petits Matins), Czech Republic (Opus), Hungary (Jelenkor - published, rights reverted)