Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

The mentor

Published in 2011

Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Germany’s most important contemporary poet and author of more than 50 works, has earned the reputation as a provocative cultural essayist and one of Europe’s foremost political thinkers.

Through his impressive range of poems, novels, plays and varying discourses, the prolific writer, editor, translator and philosopher has showcased his recurrent themes, including overcoming social injustice and oppression. Among his early landmark publications are the Museum der modernen Poesie, the award-winning Blindenschrift, the political periodical Kursbuch, Mausoleum: 37 Balladen aus der Geschichte des Fortschritts (Mausoleum: 37 Ballads from the History of Progress) and the book-length poem, Der Untergang der Titanic. In the 1980s, he founded the monthly periodical TransAtlantik and began editing Die Andere Bibliothek. Enzensberger, a true polymath, continues to be at home in many genres. His latest works published in English include the biography, The Silences of Hammerstein; the poetry collection, A History of Clouds; and the non-fiction Fatal Numbers: Why Count on Chance. Literature Mentor in the 2010-2011 Rolex Arts Initiative, Enzensberger is the recipient of the Sonning Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize for Lifetime Recognition and Spain’s Prince of Asturias Award.