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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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(German title: Zickzack)
ca. 208 pages
Paperback
1999
Hans Magnus Enzensberger
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» […] 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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This volume features works written between 1989 and 1996. Three essays are published for the first time, the others remain unaltered except for minimal stylistic changes.

Some, such as Enzensberger's commentary on the Gulf War, triggered considerable controversy. Other deal, for example, with the fading of utopia, with luxury (Reminiscences on Affluence) and with the idiosyncrasies of lyricism. As reflected in the title of this work, Enzensberger is convinced that linear thought is not the most direct route to one's goal.

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Wirrwarr/Babel (2020)

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Fallobst/Windfalls (2019)

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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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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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