Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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Hans Magnus Enzensberger, 2013

Hans Magnus Enzensberger (born  November 11, 1929 in Kaufbeuren ) is a German poet , writer , publisher , translator and editor . He also published under the pseudonyms Andreas Thalmayr , Linda Quilt , Elisabeth Ambras , Giorgio Pellizzi , Benedikt Pfaff , Trevisa Buddensiek and Serenus M. Brezengang (the latter name is an anagram of Magnus Enzensberger ). Enzensberger lives in Munich - Schwabing .



Hans Magnus Enzensberger grew up in a middle-class family in Nuremberg , where he attended today's Willstätter-Gymnasium from 1940 to 1944 . His father worked in the city as the chief postal director. He had previously worked as an engineer for telecommunications technology - he was Bavaria's first radio announcer. The mother Leonore, b. Ledermann (1905–2008), initially worked as an educator. Enzensberger has or had three younger brothers: Christian Enzensberger was an English graduate and died in 2009. Ulrich Enzensberger was a founding member of the Berlin community community I and works as an author. The brother Martin died of lung cancer in the mid-1980s.

Like all civil servant children, Enzensberger was obliged to participate in the Hitler Youth , but was excluded on the grounds that he was defiant and a troublemaker. During the air war, the family settled in the small town of Wassertrüdingen in Central Franconia , which is considered safe , which was a rare exception in the National Socialist regime and was only owed to the high position of his father. His youngest brother Ulrich was born here. Hans Magnus Enzensberger experienced the last days of the Second World War as a member of the Volkssturm . He withdrew from service and was able to make his way home.

After the war he graduated from high school in Nördlingen , and he supported his family as a black marketeer, interpreter and barman for the Royal Air Force. With a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation , he studied literature and philosophy in Erlangen , Freiburg im Breisgau , Hamburg and at the Sorbonne in Paris . In 1955 he received his doctorate with a thesis on Clemens Brentano's poetics. (His biographer Jörg Lau compares Enzensberger with Brentano, especially the method of “recourse and destruction” of traditions in poetry.)

Literary beginnings

Until 1957 Enzensberger worked for Alfred Andersch as a radio editor at the Süddeutscher Rundfunk in Stuttgart . In the following years, too, numerous “radio essays” were written, including media and language criticism (for example, the language of the “mirror” ). A collection of these appeared in 1962 under the title Details I and II . They are the prelude to his diverse and productive work as an essayist.

As early as 1957, Enzensberger published his first volume of poetry, the defense of the wolves . The poems contained therein combine virtuoso language games with world disgust, political indignation with detailed considerations; these aspects are already reflected in the threefold division of the volume: 1.  Friendly poems 2.  Sad poems 3.  Bad poems . Even in these early poems, Enzensberger's conviction is evident that poetry can also retell events, convey theories and express ideas, i.e. that poems do not only have moods and feelings as their content.

Enzensberger took part in several Group 47 meetings. From 1957 he worked as a freelance writer in Stranda (Western Norway), then went to Lanuvio near Rome for a year in 1959 , worked as an editor at Suhrkamp Verlag in Frankfurt am Main in 1960 and retired to Tjøme , an island in the Oslofjord , in 1961 . In 1963, only 33 years old, he received the Georg Büchner Prize .

At a peace congress of the Soviet Writers' Union in Baku in 1966, he met Maria Makarova, then 23 years old, the daughter of the Soviet writer Alexander Fadeev . For her he left his Norwegian wife Dagrun, with whom he had the daughter Tanaquil in 1957. In 1967 he and Makarowa married, but they separated after a few years. In retrospect, he called the connection his " Amour fou ".

In 1968 he broke off a fellowship at Wesleyan University after three months of protest against US foreign policy and went to Cuba for a year . From 1965 to 1975 Enzensberger published the magazine Kursbuch , the continuation of which he left to co-founder Karl Markus Michel .

68s and "course book"

Especially with the course book , but also with poems and essays, Enzensberger was an orientation figure for the student movement . In 1967 he signed the call for the founding of the Republican Club in West Berlin. He was close to the extra-parliamentary opposition (APO), but kept a critical distance, which was repeatedly criticized by the students. This is exemplified in a debate in the course book . When Peter Weiss asked Enzensberger to stand clearly and in solidarity on one side, Enzensberger protested against it: it was not his business to “throw confessions around himself. […] I prefer arguments to confessions. I prefer doubts to sentiments. I don't need consistent worldviews. In case of doubt, reality decides. ”Enzensberger was interested in the activities of Commune I , of which his brother Ulrich was one of the founders and which his first wife Dagrun also joined. After the divorce, when Enzensberger was abroad, at the invitation of Dagrun Enzensberger, Commune I lived for a while in his house in Berlin-Friedenau, Fregestraße 19, until Enzensberger took action. Looking back on his relationship with Commune I, he said: “In the beginning there was a relatively brisk bunch that interested me. This gang tried to settle in with me, but I kicked them out. "

In the anthology acquittal (1970), Enzensberger collected 24 pieces, the vast majority of which were defensive speeches that were given by revolutionary accused in political trials. In his follow-up remark, Enzensberger affirmed the legal-theoretical logic of the revolutionaries: “The revolutionary act is by its nature not justifiable. He is there to overturn the whole apparatus of repression and to unhinge the legal system that is blocking his way. Not the revolution, only its failure can stand trial. "

From 1980

In 1980 Enzensberger founded - together with Gaston Salvatore - the culture magazine TransAtlantik , which he left again in 1982. From 1985 to 2007 he edited the book series Die Andere Bibliothek together with Franz Greno . In 1986 the daughter Theresia was born.

The Landsberger poetry machine by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, which has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach since 2006.

In addition to a continuous production of poems, numerous volumes of essays were also published, including on the topics of migration , violence in civil societies, poetry, mathematics and intelligence research. The verse epic The Downfall of the Titanic (1978) stands out among the poems . It is not only a report on the shipwreck, but also a review of the revolutionary hopes of the 1960s and ironic commentary on doomsday scenarios. George Tabori brought it to the stage in Munich in 1979. In 2000 the Landsberg poetry machine was presented to the public. This is now in the Modern Literature Museum in Marbach.

Enzensberger worked with the filmmaker Peter Sehr , who died in 2013, on a film adaptation of the life of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg .

After dealing with the EU (2011) and survivors (2018) in his late work , he took an expert's revue in 89 issues (2019) as an "expert for experts" into the biographical characteristics of an extreme division of labor. His research reports are "as bizarre as they are entertaining".


December 2014, Enzensberger has his archive as a premature legacy to the German Literature Archive in Marbach given. This includes his manuscripts, documents and correspondence. Parts of it can be seen in the permanent exhibition in the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, for example Enzensberger's translations by Pablo Neruda , the manuscript for the Museum of Modern Poetry and his plans for the Landsberger poetry machine .

Political statements

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, 2006

His best-known engagement with the media, especially with television, is his text construction kit for a theory of the media (1970). Enzensberger describes the electronic media as the main instruments of the " consciousness industry " in the sense of Adorno and Horkheimer , to which he ascribes extensive control and control over late industrial society. In the text Enzensberger calls for a socialist media theory and at the same time an emancipatory and emancipative approach to the media. He sees problems in the “repressive use of media” (a centrally controlled program with one transmitter and many receivers that makes consumers passive and depoliticizes them). Specialists produce the content, but are controlled by the owner or bureaucracy. An “emancipatory use of media”, on the other hand, would make every recipient a sender. By lifting the technical barriers, the masses would be mobilized and politically involved. In his Collected Dispersions , published in 1988, Enzensberger described television as a “ zero medium ”.

In 1987 he used the terms " Ossie " and " Wessie " in the prose volume Ach, Europa! Perceptions from seven countries . In a fictional travelogue through Europe in 2006, he described in one chapter a peacefully reunified Germany, in which Ossies and Wessies are still hostile to each other.

In his book Schreckens Männer (2006) he dealt with Islamist terror . Islamist suicide bombers acted like winners, but are actually radical losers. He described the Arab world as a civilization that was far superior to the Europeans in the 12th and 13th centuries , but is currently in a relatively unproductive period. This produces inferiority complexes , which in turn generate anger . The suicide bombers would not seek the cause of their problems in themselves, but in the Western world, the USA, the Jews or in conspiracy theories.

Enzensberger is a critic of the spelling reform and, on the basis of the Frankfurt Declaration on the Spelling Reform of 1996, signed the Frankfurt Appeal for the Spelling Reform in 2004.

In 2003, Enzensberger was one of the few German intellectuals who defended the US-led Iraq war.

In 2011, Enzensberger expressed himself increasingly critical of the European Union . He describes it as a construction from above and criticizes a lack of the democratic element. In an interview with the liberal debate magazine Schweizer Month he spoke of a “birth defect of the institution”: “From the beginning the technocratic aspect was in the foreground: politics behind closed doors. Secrecy. Cabinet policy. ”He stated:“ As an institution that came into being in the past to be measured by economic success, it has lost its original legitimacy today. ”

Referring to the statements of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel , who described the surveillance and espionage affair 2013 as "extensively clear" in the ZDF summer interview, Enzensberger said during an interview with Frank Schirrmacher on the ARD program ttt - titles, theses, spirits :

“In every constitution in the world there is a right to privacy, inviolability of the home and so on ... those are long passages. That is abolished! That means we are in a post-democratic state. "

Enzensberger saw an alliance between corporations and intelligence services at work: “There is a minority of people who do not want to accept that, but the majority of people find it completely harmless, unproblematic. They don't understand at all that there is a political power behind it. ”According to Enzensberger, the corporations turn citizens into predictable, happy consumer machines and on the servers of the intelligence services the citizens are completely controllable people. Edward Snowden is likely a 21st century hero. At the end of February 2014, Enzensberger published in the FAZ under the title fight back! ten rules for people who want to oppose exploitation and surveillance in the digital world .

In 2014, Enzensberger stated that Ulrike Meinhof and Andreas Baader had sought refuge with him in 1970 after Baader was liberated . He wrote that the plans of the Red Army Faction (RAF) had been extremely bad and concluded that the RAF had "emerged by mistake". When the RAF was founded, there were no “political considerations or strategy” thoughts.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger lives in Munich .


Enzensberger often succeeded in setting topics in cultural and political debates and making accurate predictions. On the one hand, his instinct for trends and tendencies was recognized ( Habermas : “He's got his nose in the wind.”), On the other hand, he himself often changed his political views. His gradual departure from the ideals of the 1968 movement and his controversial equation of Saddam Hussein with Hitler is well known . This comparison earned him, among other things, the accusation of abuse of anti-fascist rhetoric for the re-entry of the German army in acts of war. A book on the subject also criticizes that, with his view that Hitler was not unique, Enzensberger made “German fascism an export item”. The change in his point of view was previously perceived negatively by some critics.

Enzensberger himself: “You see, there are so many stories about me. There is the brother-light-footed story of someone who goes along with everything and constantly changes his convictions, there is the story of the traitor who is unreliable and not a good comrade, there is the story of Germany about someone who has problems with his homeland . These are legends to live with. There is something to all of these stories. I would not call any of them absolutely wrong. But why should I make it my own? "

In March 2009, the German Literature Archive in Marbach dedicated a two-day symposium to him : "Hans Magnus Enzensberger and the history of ideas in the Federal Republic". After the conference, the German feature pages judged Enzensberger's frequent changes of position rather benevolently and sympathetically. The " habitual hooking" ( FAZ ) or its "zigzag course" ( FR ) should be interpreted as irony, early postmodernism and a fundamental refusal of consent.

When in 2016 a criminal complaint was filed against the university lecturer and musicologist Siegfried Mauser for various sexual offenses, Enzensberger expressed himself controversial. He found in the advertisement an act of retaliation for the fact that the former rector of the Munich music academy had not promoted certain female employees in their careers: “Ladies whose advances are rejected are like treacherous plate mines. You should never underestimate your vengeance. ”In contrast, Patrick Bahners (FAZ) argued that the district court had heard the statements of 16 witnesses; According to Bahners, mere personal acquaintance could hardly give Enzensberger and other friends of Mauser a more solid basis for assessing what was going on at the university. The university director Bernd Redmann made it clear in 2018 that attempts of this kind to relativize all victims of sexual harassment and violence discredited.


In 1967 Enzensberger by the then Professor of Theater Studies at the Free University of Berlin , Wolfgang Baumgart , for the Nobel Prize for literature suggested.


Volumes of poetry

  • defense of wolves. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1957.
  • national language. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1960.
  • Poems. The making of a poem. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1962.
  • braille. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1964.
  • Mausoleum. 37 ballads from the history of progress. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1975.
  • The sinking of the Titanic. A comedy. Verse epic. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1978.
  • The fury of disappearing. Poems. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1980.
  • Future music. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1991.
  • Kiosk. New poems. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1995.
  • Lighter than air. Moral poems. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 978-3-518-41058-5 .
  • The story of the clouds. 99 meditations. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2003, ISBN 978-3-518-41391-3 .
  • Rebus. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-518-42052-2 .
  • Blueward. A trip for three. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-518-42346-2 .
  • Jumble . Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2020, ISBN 978-3-518-42916-7 .


  • Brentano's poetics. 1961. (Print version of the Diss. Erlangen 1955.)
  • Details. 1962.
  • Politics and crime. 1964.
  • Germany, Germany among others. Statements on politics. 1967.
  • State endangering activities. Speech on the presentation of the Nuremberg Literature Prize, 1968.
  • Palaver. Political considerations 1967–1973. 1974.
  • Political crumbs. 1982.
  • Oh Europe! Perceptions from seven countries. Suhrkamp, ​​1987.
  • Mediocrity and madness. Collected distractions. Suhrkamp, ​​1988, ISBN 3-518-38300-0 .
  • The great hike. 1992.
  • Prospects for the Civil War. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1993, ISBN 3-518-40769-4 .
  • Zigzag. Essays, 1997.
  • Drawbridge Up: Mathematics - A Cultural Anathema / Drawbridge Out of Service: Mathematics Beyond Culture. (Ger., Engl.) Natick, Mass., Peters, 1999.
  • Invitation to a poetry machine. Suhrkamp, ​​2000.
  • Nomads on the shelf. Essays. 2003
  • under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr: Poetry annoys! First aid for stressed readers. 2004.
  • under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr: Out with the language. A little German for Germans, Austrians, Swiss and other foreigners and residents. Hanser, Munich 2004, ISBN 978-3-446-20448-5 ; as paperback: dtv Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-423-34471-5 .
  • Horrible Men - Trial of the Radical Loser. Suhrkamp, ​​2006.
  • In the maze of intelligence. An idiot leader. Zurich 2006. (Series of the Vontobel Foundation. No. 1760.) and edition suhrkamp, ​​2007, ISBN 978-3-518-12532-8 .
  • Fortuna and Calculus - Two mathematical amusements. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2009.
  • Gentle Monster Brussels or The Incapacitation of Europe. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-518-06172-5 .
  • Enzensberger's Panoptikum: Twenty Ten-Minute Essays. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-518-06901-1 .
  • Survivor. 99 literary vignettes from the 20th century. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-518-42788-0 .
  • under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr: Writing for eternal beginners. A short course. Hanser, Munich 2018, ISBN 978-3-446-25998-0 .
  • An expert review in 89 numbers , Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2019, ISBN 978-3-518-42855-9 .


  • The short summer of anarchy. Buenaventura Durrutis life and death. Novel. 1972.
  • The way out. Five résumés. 1975.
  • under the pseudonym Elisabeth Ambras: Heiss & Kalt. Erotic Stories, 1987.
  • under the pseudonym Elisabeth Ambras: remote control. Bed stories. 1992.
  • Requiem for a romantic woman: the story of Auguste Bußmann and Clemens Brentano. Retelling. Island, 1995.
  • Josefine and I - A story. 2006.
  • under the pseudonym Linda Quilt: Horrible Child Prodigies. 2006.
  • Hammerstein or the obstinacy. A German story. Biography. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2008, ISBN 978-3-518-41960-1 .
  • Mr. Zett's reflections, or crumbs that he dropped, picked up by his audience. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2013, ISBN 978-3-518-42387-5 .
  • Tumult. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-518-42464-3 .
  • Disappeared! Insel, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-458-19398-2 .
  • Always the money! Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-518-42489-6 .
  • under the pseudonym Elisabeth Ambras: Stranger Secrets Cupido Books, Cologne 2019, ISBN 978-3-944490-88-5 .
  • under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr: Louisiana Story . Hanser, Munich 2019, ISBN 978-3-446-26388-8 .


  • The turtle. Comedy. Read aloud at the Group 47 meeting in 1961.
  • The Habana interrogation. 1970.
  • Diderot and the dark egg. An interview. 1990.
  • The daughter of the air. 1992.
  • Voltaire's nephew. A forgery in Diderot's fashion. 1996.

Books for children and young readers


  • The Flying Robert. Poems, scenes, essays. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 1989.
  • Diderot's shadow. Conversations, scenes, essays. 1994.
  • Down with Goethe / Requiem for a romantic woman. Publishing house of the authors, 1995.
  • Thirty-three poems. Reclam 2001.
  • The elixirs of science. Sideways glances in poetry and prose. 2002.
  • Dialogues between immortals, living and dead. 2004.
  • Natural poems. Island 2004.
  • Poems 1950–2005. Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt am Main 2006.
  • Too big questions: Conversations and interviews 2005–1970. 2007.
  • Love poems. Insel, Frankfurt am Main 2008.
  • Skirmishes and Scholia: On Literature. Suhrkamp Quarto 2009.
  • My favorite flops, followed by an ideas magazine. 2010.
  • Poems 1950–2010. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2010.
  • Album. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2011.
  • Attempts at the Unrest Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2015.
  • Poems 1950–2015. Suhrkamp, ​​Berlin 2015.


  • Clemens Brentano : poems, stories, letters. (as ed.) 1958.
  • The denunciation of tourism. (as ed.) 1959.
  • Museum of Modern Poetry. (as ed.) 1960.
  • Allerleirauh. Lots of lovely nursery rhymes. (as ed.) 1961.
  • Sign. Five new German authors. (as publisher) Frankfurt am Main 1962.
  • Georg Büchner , Ludwig Weidig : The Hessian country messenger. Texts, letters, trial files. (as ed.) 1965.
  • Bartolomé de las Casas : Concise Report on the Devastation of the West Indian Countries. (as ed.) 1966.
  • Bahman Nirumand : Persia, Model of a Developing Country or The Dictatorship of the Free World (Afterword) Rowohlt 1967.
  • Acquittals. Revolutionaries in court. 1970.
  • Nelly Sachs : Selected Poems. (Afterword) Suhrkamp, ​​1972.
  • Class book. A reader on the class struggles in Germany. (as co-editor) 1972.
  • Conversations with Marx and Engels. 1973.
  • Carlo Emilio Gadda : The Knowledge of Pain. (Afterword) Piper, 1985.
  • under the pseudonym Andreas Thalmayr: The watermark of poetry or The art and the pleasure of reading poetry. "The Other Library" series, Greno 1985.
  • Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen , Gerhart Kraaz: The biography of the arch fraudster and country trooper Courasche. (Epilogue). CH Beck Verlag, 1989.
  • Karl Markus Michel , Tilman Spengler : The epidemic. (Ed.) Rotbuch Verlag, 1991.
  • Never again! : The World's Worst Journeys , (Ed.) ISBN 978-3-8218-4122-9 , 1995.
  • The failed revolution. 19th century memorabilia. (as ed.), 1996, Insel, ISBN 978-3-458-32797-4 .
  • Ghost voices. (as translator and editor), 1999, Suhrkamp, ISBN 978-3-518-41057-8 .
  • WG Sebald , Jan Peter Tripp : Untold: 33 miniatures and 33 etchings. (Co-author, wrote a farewell poem to Sebald for the volume), 2003, Hanser


  • Buenaventura Durruti - Biography of a Legend - A film-novel. (Script, direction). Historical advisor: Abel Paz , camera: Carlos Bustamante , production: Westdeutscher Rundfunk WDR, (Red. Martin Wiebel), D 1972, 92 min., B / w. Published on the DVD with films by, with and about Hans Magnus Enzensberger I am not one of us (Filmedition Suhrkamp 2009, ISBN 978-3-518-13511-2 ).

Radio plays


Essays and newspaper articles (selection)



  • Hans Mathias Kepplinger : The political thinking of Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Diss.phil. Mainz 1970, published as a book under the title: Right people from left. Cult of violence and inwardness . Walter-Verlag, Olten, Freiburg i. Br. 1970.
  • Roland Innerhofer : Hans Magnus Enzensberger's "Mausoleum". On “documentary” poetry in Germany. Dissertation, University of Vienna 1980.
  • Bärbel Gutzat: Consciousness contents of critical poetry. An analysis of the first three volumes of poetry by Hans Magnus Enzensberger . Koch Buchvlg, 1982, ISBN 978-3-7997-0676-6 .
  • Reinhold Grimm (Ed.): Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Suhrkamp Verlag , Frankfurt 1984.
  • Arthur Zimmermann : Hans Magnus Enzensberger. The poems and their literary critical reception. Bouvier Verlag, 1990, ISBN 978-3-416-01304-8 .
  • Martin Fritsche: Hans Magnus Enzensberger's production-oriented morality. Constants in the aesthetics of an adversary to equality. Dissertation, Technical University of Berlin; Peter Lang, Bern a. a. 1997, ISBN 3-906757-91-9 . (On the political stance, political polemics and provocation in Enzensberger's work.)
  • Jörg Lau : Hans Magnus Enzensberger. A public life. Fest, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-8286-0049-2 . meeting
  • Rainer Wieland: Anger ages, irony is immortal: About Hans Magnus Enzensberger. With contributions by Irene Dische, Robert Gernhardt, Reinhold Grimm, Jochen Hörisch, Péter Nádas, Peter Rühmkorf, Frank Schirrmacher and many others Suhrkamp 1999, ISBN 978-3-518-39599-8 .
  • Tae-Ho Kang: Poetry and Social Criticism. Hans Magnus Enzensberger's negative poetics. Dissertation. University of Wuppertal, 2002 PDF .
  • Theo Rommerskirchen: Hans Magnus Enzensberger. In: viva signature si! Remagen-Rolandseck 2005, ISBN 3-926943-85-8 .
  • Rainer Barbey: Unbelievable progress. Nature, technology and mechanization in the factory of Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Dissertation, University of Regensburg. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89971-345-9 , table of contents (PDF), introduction (PDF).
  • Francisco Adolfo Aristizábal Cuervo : The poet as translator: In search of traces: Hans Magnus Enzensberger's translation method (s) . Tectum Verlag, 2008, ISBN 978-3-8288-9697-0 .
  • Hyun Jeong Park: “The end of the world may just be a temporary solution”. Ecological-post-apocalyptic thinking in the lyrical and essayistic work of Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Diss., University of Munich, Aisthesis, Bielefeld 2010, ISBN 978-3-89528-747-3 .
  • Hans Magnus Enzensberger and the history of ideas in the Federal Republic. With an essay by Lars Gustafsson . Universitätsverlag Winter, 2010, ISBN 978-3-8253-5758-0
  • Alan J. Clayton: Writing with the Words of Others: Essays on the Poetry of Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Königshausen & Neumann, Würzburg 2010, ISBN 978-3-8260-4308-6 .
  • Text + review: Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold . Edition Text + Critique, third edition, ISBN 978-3-86916-083-2 .
  • Henning Marmulla: Enzensberger's course book. A magazine at 68 . Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-88221-624-0 .
  • Gero von Boehm : Hans Magnus Enzensberger. August 16, 2006 . Interview in: Encounters. Images of man from three decades . Collection Rolf Heyne, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-89910-443-1 , pp. 527-535.
  • Alena Diedrich: Melancholy and Irony. Hans Magnus Enzensberger: The sinking of the Titanic. Königshausen & Neumann, 2014. (= Epistemata Literary Studies, Vol. 812.)
  • Claus Telge: "Brotherly Egoists". The poetry translations from Spanish by Erich Arendt and Hans Magnus Enzensberger . Winter, Heidelberg 2017, ISBN 978-3-8253-6673-5 .
  • Tobias Amslinger : Publishing authorship. Enzensberger and Suhrkamp . Wallstein, Göttingen 2018, ISBN 978-3-8353-3308-6 .


  • My life - Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Documentary, Germany, 2009, 43 min., Script and director: Irene Dische , production: Ave, arte , summary by arte.
  • Requiem for a romantic woman , fictional film based on the book of the same name by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Germany 1999, 98 min, treatment by HM Enzensberger, written and directed by Dagmar Knöpfel . Published on the DVD with films by, with and about Hans Magnus Enzensberger I am none of us (Filmedition Suhrkamp 2009, ISBN 978-3-518-13511-2 )

Web links

Commons : Hans Magnus Enzensberger  - collection of images, videos and audio files




Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Watermarks of Poetry nzz.ch, November 11, 2009.
  2. CV of Hans Magnus Enzensberger on studienstiftung.de [PDF]
  3. Obituary in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of May 13, 2008, p. 49.
  4. Armin Thurnher : Light blows with the left hand . In: Falter . November 10, 1999, No. 45, p. 72.
  5. a b c "Nothing like gone" Der Spiegel, October 6, 2014, p. 131.
  6. ^ A b Hans H. Hiebel: The spectrum of modern poetry: Interpretations of German-language poetry 1900–2000 in the international context of modernity, Part II (1945–2000). Königshausen and Neumann, 2005, ISBN 978-3-8260-3201-1 , p. 391.
  7. Why I am leaving the USA Enzensberger's “Farewell Letter”, translated into German by Bernward Vesper .
  8. To Peter Weiss and others in: About Hans Magnus Enzensberger , ed. by Joachim Schickel, Suhrkamp
  9. ^ Christian H. Freitag: Ritter, Reichsmarschall & Revoluzzer. From the story of a Berlin country house. With a foreword by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Berlin 2015. See review in Tagesspiegel, December 12, 2015.
  10. See Peter W. Jansen, Review of acquittals, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 16, 1971
  11. Paul Stänner: "From harvestmen and men's clothing" , Review available on deutschlandfunkkultur.de of June 22, 2019 July 31, 2019
  12. ^ Federal government press report.
  13. Britta Gürke, Frederik Obermaier: Enzensberger is 80 years old. Angry writer and poetic critic . Berlin literary criticism from November 11, 2009
  14. Hans Magnus Enzensberger in conversation with Michael Wiederstein, in Swiss Month , September 2011, p. 30 ff.
  15. On Merkel's remarks and Enzensberger's reaction to them: Merkel: Questions in the NSA affair have been clarified. Heise online , archived from the original on August 21, 2013 ; accessed on September 29, 2019 .
  16. Transcript of the interview: Snowden - a hero? ARD , archived from the original on August 21, 2013 ; accessed on September 29, 2019 .
  17. Enzensberger's rules for the digital world: Defend yourself! February 28, 2014, archived from the original on March 2, 2014 ; accessed on March 2, 2014 .
  18. Literature - Hans Magnus Enzensberger asks himself , focus from October 14, 2014
  19. Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Anger and suspicion spread across Europe , NZZ from September 12, 2018, accessed on September 12, 2018
  20. Jürgen Habermas: The Gulf War as a catalyst for a new German normality? In: ders .: past as future? The old Germany in the new Europe. Munich, Piper 1993, ISBN 3-492-11574-8 , p. 25.
  21. Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Hitler's Revenant . In: Der Spiegel . No. 6 , 1991, pp. 26-28 ( online ).
  22. Marcus Hawel: The normalized nation (PDF) pp. 158–161. dissertation
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