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- DescriptionIn these ninety-nine meditations, poet and velist Hans Magnus Enzensberger celebrates the tenacity of the rmal and routine in everyday life, where the survival of the objects we use without thinking - a pair of scissors, perhaps - is both a small, human victory and a quiet reminder of our own ephemeral nature. He sets his quotidian reflections against a broad historic and political backdrop - the cold war and its accompanying atomic threat, the German student revolt, would-be socialism in Cuba, China, and Africa, and World War II as experienced by the youthful poet. Enzensberger's poems are conversational, skeptical, and serene; they culminate in the extended set of observations that gives the collection its title. Clouds, alien and yet symbols of human life, are for Enzensberger at once a central metaphor of the Western poetic tradition and the most fleeting of all masterpieces. 'Cloud archaeology', writes Enzensberger, is a science for angels.
- Author BiographyHans Magnus Enzensberger, often considered Germany's most important living poet, is also the editor of the book series Die Andere Bibliothek and the founder of the monthly TransAtlantik. His books include Lighter Than Air: Moral Poems and Civil Wars: From L. A. to Bosnia. Martin Chalmers is a translator and editor whose translations include works by Hubert Fichte, Ernst Weiss, Herta Mueller, Alexander Kluge, Emine Sevgi Oezdamar, and Erich Hackl. Esther Kinsky is a literary translator and the author of the novel Sommerfrische. She has translated poetry by Angelus Silesius, Else Lasker-Schueler, and Wolf Wondratschek, among others.
- Author(s)Hans Magnus Enzensberger
- PublisherSeagull Books London Ltd
- Date of Publication08/07/2010
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Series TitleThe German List
- Place of PublicationGreenford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSeagull Books London Ltd
- Weight308 g
- Width135 mm
- Height227 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Translated byMartin Chalmers,Esther Kinsky
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