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Adolf Endler, born in 1930 in Düsseldorf, moved from West to East Germany in 1955, and now lives in Berlin. He is a versatile writer and an acclaimed poet whose collection Das Sandkorn [1974, The Kernel of Sand] has been hailed as an important contribution to East German poetry. His texts are known for their playfulness, poignant irony, and social criticism; that this was, at times, too much for the GDR became evident when he was removed from the author's federation in 1979. Just after the Fall of the Wall in 1989, he was able to reach a larger readership again, although primarily with prose. However, he became influential especially for East German poetry not only as a poet in his own right but also a mentor for younger poets.

Oberlausitz und andere Gedichte(Oberlausitz and other poems) from Der Pudding der Apokalypse (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999): Vol. 7, No. 2/3

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