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Hans Magnus Enzensberger


“Is there still a West?” A dialogue with Ian Buruma, Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism


Hans Magnus Enzensberger was born in Bavaria in 1929, and lives in Munich. At the age of 32, he had already won the Buechner Prize, and is now recognized not only as one of Germany’s outstanding creative talents as a poet and essayist but also as a provocative and influential dramatist, translator, journalist, editor, and analyst of contemporary affairs.  The Lannan Foundation recently described him as “Germany’s most important living poet.”

His many awards include the Georg Buechner Prize (1963), the Pasolini Prize (1982), the Heinrich Boell Prize (1985), the City of Nuremberg Cultural Prize (1967), the Erich Maria Remarque Freedom Prize (1993), the Ernst Robert Curtius Prize (1997), and the Heinrich Heine Prize (1998). He has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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