„Whatever is subsequently encountered by the pickaxe, the archaeologist’s brush, the digger’s shovel — all that is the stuff of poetry.” Durs Grünbein
For Vesuvius, which burried ancient Pompeii, Grünbein finds a modern contrary. With one Galileo’s lecture he ilustrates the turn in the history of imagination. In one tiny moment of Hölderlin’s life he focuses on the fate of the poet and current thoughts of his time. The revolution of sensitivity achieved by Georg Büchner over one hundred years ago, he applies to a scene from 1989 demonstration. With the Elias Canetti’s theory of the human mass Durs Grünbein explains the experiences of childhood and youth in East Germany…
This author of a worldwide rank is a master of broad references, extensive perspectives and distant associations. His phenomenal erudition, poetic way of thinking and scientific consciousness create a fascinating fresh vision of the world — disillusioned, but full of empathy image of a man recurrent in his biology and unique in products of culture.
About the author:
Durs Grünbein — born in 1962 in Dresden. The most prominent German poet of „the middle generation” who gained this position thanks to his first publications, published by a renowned publishing house Suhrkamp. The publishing house also released six thick books of poetry, poetic books, a poem about Descartes and the bombing of Dresden, a prose journal of 2000, translation of „The Persians” and „Seven against the Thebes” by Aeschylus, translation of „Thyestes” by Seneca the Younger, an opera libretto according to Edgar Allan Poe, Roman notes, as well as four collections of essays, which were gathered in this selection — a first Polish publication of Grünbein’s works in a book form.
Durs Grünbein was a lecturer at many prestigious European and American universities. He was honoured Samuel Bogumił Linde Prize (together with Adam Zagajewski) and the most prestigious German literary award — the Georg Büchner Prize (the only younger author to get this prize was Peter Handke).
Details of the publication:
Selection and translation of the essays: Jakub Ekier
Translation of the interviews: Andrzej Kopacki
Edited by: Magdalena Kurkowska, Andrzej Masse
Proofreading: Olga Nowak
Graphic design and layout: Zofia Oslislo
Project’s coordinator: Agnieszka Turek-Niewiadomska
Copyright: Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris, Suhrkamp-Verlag, Durs Grünbein, Jakub Ekier, Andrzej Kopacki
Publisher: Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris
Year and place of publishing: Katowice 2010
Photographs used in this publication come from an exhibition „A-Z (educational cabinets)” by Andrzej Tobis.