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[Conversation with Durs Grünbein] Conversation with Durs Grünbein, Berlin, Summer 1997
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Durs Grünbein is considered to be one of the most important lyrical poets of the younger generation. He was born in Dresden (then East Germany) in 1962, studied theater history for a while in East Berlin, and moved to West Berlin in 1985, where he still lives. His first collection of poems, Grauzone morgens [1988, Morning Gray Zone], which made him famous over night, was published only in West Germany. In his poetry, he interweaves the experiences of dislocation at the end of the twentieth century with the traditions of the early-twentieth-century Avan-Garde with great formal mastery. A maor new poetic voice in German, Grünbein participates in the endeavor to come to terms with the new realities of the twenty-first century, realities that range in his volue of poems Nach den Satiren [After the Sataires] from Alzheimer's Disease and the cultural heritage of Western civilization to the "contemporary history" of two World Wars and German division.

Aus einem alten Fahrtenbuch (From an Old Logbook ) from Fallen und Falten: Vol. 1, No. 3
Den Teuren Toten (Our Dear Dead ): Vol. 2, No. 1

Novembertage (November Days) from Nach den Satiren (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1999)

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