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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Windfalls - Just a Notebook

With drawings by Bernd Bexte
(German title: Fallobst)
ca. 450 pages
Clothbound
2019
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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90th birthday on 11 November 2019 of one of the most influential and internationally renowned German intellectuals

About

»How’s the confidence of the financial astrologers doing? What does the gibberish of the daily papers tell us? How much reality is contained in the mythical models of contemporary physics and cosmology? Towards which ultimate goal is our contemporaries’ pathological mobility drifting? What is the ubiquitous craze for abbreviations hiding? And down which garden path are the fine arts trying to lead us?« As shrewd as he is wise, the author does not claim that his answers to these questions are fruit off the tree of absolute knowledge. »Windfalls« is what he calls them, »which have been collected in various big and small baskets.«

With sharp wit, straightforward and stridently, Hans Magnus Enzensberger confronts us with zeitgeist and mainstream in an entertaining series of observations, notes, short essays, memories, dialogues, poems and commentaries. And yet, there is no shortage of acknowledgements: of trusted and beloved people, brothers and sisters in spirit. And last but not least there is nature in both its wondrous as well as its capricious manifestations.

Praise

» […] one of Germany's leading public intellectuals.« London Review of Books

»In the small, swift, nimble form the thinker always goes all out.« Richard Kämmerlings, DIE WELT am Sonntag

»Windfalls from the tree of knowledge.« Bernhard Setzwein, Neuer Tag

»[The ›Notebook‹] presents the intellectual thinker at the top of his game.« Michael Braun, Deutschlandfunk Kultur

»Enzensberger’s way of going against the grain has no seriousness to it, he isn’t laboriously following a designated political programme or rigorous moralism. That’s where he significantly differs from other iltellectual institutions of the post-war decades […]« Kristian Teetz, Hannoverische Allgemeine Zeitung

»The intelligent, trenchant volume, illustrated by Bernd Bexte with an equally pointed pen, by no means marks the end for the productive homme des lettres Enzensberger […]« Badische Neuste Nachrichten

»Only recently has Hans Magnus Enzensberger turned 90. And looking at the list of his books and further publications, one is amazed: Only very few writers are this versatile and this consistently productive over a long period of time. And hardly any other intellectual has spoken publicly in such an eclectic, couragous, independent, unconventional but always argumentatively secured way.« Andreas Müller, Gießener Anzeiger

»Hans Magnus Enzensberger‘s productivity is impressive. Two new titles were published this year and they showcase the jubilarian as the unchanged astute analyst and excpetionally gifted virtuoso of words.« Peter Mohr, lokalkompass.de

Other publications

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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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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