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"Although some poems by Durs Grunbein had been published in journals here and in England, it was not until the appearance of this volume, crisply and colloquially translated by Michael Hofmann, that an English-speaking reader could approach Grunbein's coruscating writing." Helen Vendler, the New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Born in Dresden in 1962, Durs Grünbein is the most significant and successful poet to emerge from the former East Germany, a place where, he wrote, "the best refuge was a closed mouth." In unsettling, often funny, sometimes savage lines whose vivid images reflect his deep love for and connection with the visual arts, Grunbein is reinventing German poetry and taking on the most pressing moral concerns of his generation. Brilliantly edited and translated by the English poet Michael Hofmann, Ashes for Breakfast expertly introduces Germany's most highly acclaimed contemporary poet to American readers.

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"Durs Grünbein is one of the most intelligent poets writing in German today. His subject is nothing less that 'this life, so useless, so rich.' It is wonderful to have his selected poems in Michael Hofmann's note-perfect translation." John Ashbery

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"Durs Grünbein is a highly original poet, an heir to the riches of German and European Modernism. What's striking in this poetry is a hard, almost cynical tone which turns out to be just a lid on a jar containing many substances." Adam Zagajewski

Review:

"Grunbein's predominantly unrhymed, formal poems run on the alternating currents of present-day Germany's giddiness at having no greater responsibilities than any other nation and the country's equally overwhelming grief at having so horribly squandered its potential for prominence. With wit and psychological acumen, Grunbein's poems at their best transform the specificity of this peculiarly German dilemma into a general, human concern." Library Journal

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"[I]t is the early poems, which fearlessly place responsibility for human atrocity inside the human skull, that justify this exceptional volume." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"One of the pleasures of collections of 'selected poems' like this is the opportunity to see a poet develop over time. Grünbein's earliest work is mature to say the least, but over time his work has really come into its own." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

Born in Dresden in 1962, Durs Grünbein is the most significant and successful poet to emerge from the former East Germany, a place where, he wrote, "the best refuge was a closed mouth." In unsettling, often funny, sometimes savage lines whose vivid images reflect his deep love for and connection with the visual arts, Grunbein is reinventing German poetry and taking on the most pressing moral concerns of his generation. Brilliantly edited and translated by the English poet Michael Hofmann, Ashes for Breakfast expertly introduces Germany's most highly acclaimed contemporary poet to American readers.

About the Author

Durs Grünbein is the author of eight previous volumes of poetry. His work has been awarded many major German literary prizes, including the highest, the Georg-Büchner-Preis, and the 2004 Friedrich-Nietzsche-Preis. He has lived in Berlin since 1985.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374530136
Author:
Grunbein, Durs
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Translator:
Hofmann, Michael
Author:
Hofmann, Michael
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Notes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.19 x 5.54 x 0.91 in

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Product details 320 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374530136 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Although some poems by Durs Grunbein had been published in journals here and in England, it was not until the appearance of this volume, crisply and colloquially translated by Michael Hofmann, that an English-speaking reader could approach Grunbein's coruscating writing." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "Durs Grünbein is one of the most intelligent poets writing in German today. His subject is nothing less that 'this life, so useless, so rich.' It is wonderful to have his selected poems in Michael Hofmann's note-perfect translation."
"Review" by , "Durs Grünbein is a highly original poet, an heir to the riches of German and European Modernism. What's striking in this poetry is a hard, almost cynical tone which turns out to be just a lid on a jar containing many substances."
"Review" by , "Grunbein's predominantly unrhymed, formal poems run on the alternating currents of present-day Germany's giddiness at having no greater responsibilities than any other nation and the country's equally overwhelming grief at having so horribly squandered its potential for prominence. With wit and psychological acumen, Grunbein's poems at their best transform the specificity of this peculiarly German dilemma into a general, human concern."
"Review" by , "[I]t is the early poems, which fearlessly place responsibility for human atrocity inside the human skull, that justify this exceptional volume."
"Review" by , "One of the pleasures of collections of 'selected poems' like this is the opportunity to see a poet develop over time. Grünbein's earliest work is mature to say the least, but over time his work has really come into its own."
"Synopsis" by ,
Born in Dresden in 1962, Durs Grünbein is the most significant and successful poet to emerge from the former East Germany, a place where, he wrote, "the best refuge was a closed mouth." In unsettling, often funny, sometimes savage lines whose vivid images reflect his deep love for and connection with the visual arts, Grunbein is reinventing German poetry and taking on the most pressing moral concerns of his generation. Brilliantly edited and translated by the English poet Michael Hofmann, Ashes for Breakfast expertly introduces Germany's most highly acclaimed contemporary poet to American readers.
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