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Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger


Born
in Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, Germany
November 11, 1929

Died
November 24, 2022

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Cyrillic: Ханс Магнус Енценсбергер

Hans Magnus Enzensberger was a German author, poet, translator and editor. He had also written under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr.

Enzensberger was regarded as one of the literary founding figures of the Federal Republic of Germany and wrote more than 70 books. He was one of the leading authors in the Group 47, and influenced the 1968 West German student movement. He was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize and the Pour Le Mérite, among many others.

He wrote in 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 f
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“Mond scheint ins Zimmer. Nichts ist real.
Jeder Augenblick unergründlich, die Welt
Kolossales Echo im Labyrinth der Sinne.”
Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Rebus; Gedichte

“Canción para los que saben

Sabemos que hay que hacer algo inmediatamente
lo sabemos
pero naturalmente es demasiado pronto para hacerlo
pero naturalmente es demasiado tarde para hacerlo
lo sabemos

que realmente estamos bastante bien
y que así vamos a continuar
y que esto no sirve para nada
lo sabemos

que somos nosotros los culpables
y que no es culpa nuestra que seamos culpables
y que somos culpables por ese mismo hecho
y que estamos hartos con ello
lo sabemos

que quizá no vendría mal callarse un poco
y que a fin de cuentas no vamos a callarnos
lo sabemos
lo sabemos

y que a nadie podemos ayudar verdaderamente
y que nadie verdaderamente puede ayudarnos
lo sabemos

y que somos tan inteligentes
y libres para elegir entre la nada y lo nulo
y que debemos estudiar este problema muy cuidadosamente
y que echamos dos terrones de azúcar en el té
lo sabemos

que somos enemigos de la opresión
y que los cigarrillos han subido de precio
lo sabemos

y que la nación se está metiendo en un tremendo lío
y que nuestros vaticinios se mostrarán ciertos
y que no sirven para nada
lo sabemos

y que todo esto es verdad
lo sabemos

y que sobrevivir no es todo sino muy poca cosa
lo sabemos

y que sobreviviremos
lo sabemos

y que todo esto no es nada nuevo
y que la vida es preciosa
y que eso es todo
lo sabemos
lo sabemos
lo sabemos perfectamente bien

y que lo sabemos perfectamente bien
eso también lo sabemos.”
Hans Magnus Enzensberger

“Who is to emerge from the flood if we go under in it?”
Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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