Hans Magnus Enzensberger  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

Related e



Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Hans Magnus Enzensberger (born 11 November 1929 in Kaufbeuren), is a German author, poet, translator, and editor. He has also written under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr. He lives in Munich.



Enzensberger studied literature and philosophy at the universities of Erlangen, Freiburg and Hamburg, and at the Sorbonne in Paris, receiving his doctorate in 1955 for a thesis about Clemens Brentano's poetry. Until 1957 he worked as a radio editor in Stuttgart. He participated in several gatherings of Group 47. Between 1965 and 1975 he edited the magazine "Kursbuch". Since 1985 he has been the editor of the prestigious book series Die Andere Bibliothek, published in Frankfurt, and now containing almost 250 titles. Enzensberger is the founder of the monthly TransAtlantik. His own work has been translated into more than 40 languages.

Enzensberger is the older brother of the author Christian Enzensberger.


Enzensberger has a sarcastic, ironic tone in many of his poems. For example, the poem "Middle Class Blues" consists of various typicalities of middle class life, with the phrase "we can't complain" repeated several times, and concludes with "what are we waiting for?". Many of his poems also feature themes of civil unrest over economic and class based issues (it is perhaps appropriate to mention that he lived in Fidel Castro's Cuba for several years). Though primarily a poet and essayist, he also makes excursions into theater, film, opera, radio drama, reportage, translation, and has written novels and several books for children and is co-author of a book for German as a Foreign Language (Die Suche). Australian writer Rhoderick Gates identified Enzensberger as a leading West German alongside Rudolf Bahro as "one of the few left-wing dissidents to predict the slow disintegration of the USSR."(Trials From The Past, Global Echo, Feb. 9th)

Honours received

Published works

  • Verteidigung der Wölfe, Gedichte, 1957
  • Viele schöne Kinderreime, 777 poems for children, 1962
  • Einzelheiten, essays, 1962
  • Politik und Verbrechen, Essays, 1964
  • Deutschland, Deutschland unter anderm. Äußerungen zur Poilitik, 1967
  • Das Verhör von Habana, Prosa, 1970
  • Constituents of a Theory of the Media, 1970
  • Der kurze Sommer der Anarchie. Buenaventura Durrutis Leben und Tod, Prosa, 1972
  • Gespräche mit Marx und Engels, 1970
  • Palaver. Politische Überlegungen, Essays, 1974
  • Mausoleum. 37 Balladen aus der Geschichte des Fortschritts, Gedichte, 1975
  • Der Untergang der Titanic (The Sinking of the Titanic), Versepos, 1978
  • Polit. Brosamen, Essays, 1982
  • Ach, Europa! Wahrnehmungen aus sieben Ländern, Prosa, 1987
  • Mittelmass und Wahn, Essays, 1989
  • Zukunftsmusik, Gedichte, 1991
  • Die Tochter der Luft, Drama, 1992
  • Die Große Wanderung, Essays, 1992
  • Zickzack, Aufsätze, 1997
  • Wo warst du, Robert?, Roman, 1998
  • Der Zahlenteufel, Roman, 1999
  • Leichter als Luft: Moralische Gedichte, Gedichte, 1999
  • Schreckens Maenner: Versuch ueber den radikalen Verlierer (5th ed.), Essay, 2006
  • Einzelheiten I & II, Essays, 2006
  • Gedichte 1950-2005, Gedichte, 2006

Bibliography (English)

  • The Number Devil, 2005
  • Where Were You, Robert?, 2000
  • Lighter Than Air: Moral Poems, 2000
  • Selected Poems, 1999
  • Zig Zag: The Politics of Culture and Vice Versa, 1997
  • Civil War, 1994
  • Civil Wars: From L.A. to Bosnia, 1994
  • Selected Poems, 1994
  • Mediocrity and Delusion: Collected Diversions, 1992
  • Political Crumbs, 1990
  • The Sinking of the Titanic: A Poem, 1989
  • Europe, Europe: Forays Into a Continent, 1989
  • Dreamers of the Absolute: Essays On: Politics, Crime and Culture, 1988
  • Critical Essays, 1982
  • The Sinking of the Titanic: A Poem, 1980
  • Raids and Reconstructions: Essays on Politics, Crime, and Culture, 1976
  • Mausoleum: Thirty-Seven Ballads from the History of Progress, 1976
  • The Havana Inquiry, 1974
  • The Consciousness Industry; On Literature, Politics and the Media, 1974
  • Politics and Crime, 1974

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Hans Magnus Enzensberger" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on original research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools