Durs Grünbein

Verses for the Day after Tomorrow - Poems

(German title: Strophen für übermorgen)
ca. 206 pages
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)


Durs Grünbein’s new book of poetry is a work of memory and yet also a volume of transitions and transformations. In seven sections and with a variety of different verse forms, Grünbein’s range of images melds to form a picture of the world. Poems on origin are at the beginning, before, in travel poems of all things, the uncanny nature of modern mobility emerges.

By way of interlude, Strophen für übermorgen, leading on to that central place where Grünbein has been at home for a quarter of a century: Transit Berlin. In the very heart of the metropolis (and the book), namely on the Museumsinsel, we encounter the concentrated mutual permeation of past, present and future. Yet then faraway places once again assert their magic. A sequence of strangely unreal 'character studies” written in the language of songs accompanies the Überquerung der Alpen toward an imaginary anthique and brings us to the real question behind this lyricism: What is imagination? Grünbein takes personal stock of things in one of the most stringent of lyrical forms, the sonnet, which end the volume: Love poems and studies of life.


»A poet who is frequently described as the best to emerge in Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall.« The New York Review of Books

Other publications

Zündkerzen/Spark Plugs (2017)

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Italy (selection; Einaudi)

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)

Das erste Jahr/The First Year (2001)

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Italy (Einaudi)

Nach den Satiren/After the Satires (1999)

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France (Petits Matins), Czech Republic (Opus), previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Hungary (Jelenkor)