The sixth event in our “Poetry and Politics” series features German poet and public intellectual Hans Magnus Enzensberger. The podcast is an edited recording of Enzensberger’s reading and conversation at Boston University on April 17, 2007. The event was moderated by Institute for Human Sciences director Irena Grudzinska Gross, who introduces the poet in this recording. The conversation was originally broadcast on WBUR radio on June 10, 2007; we are grateful to WBUR for making the recording available to EU for You.
Hans Magnus Enzensberger was born in Kaufbeuren, Germany on November 11, 1929. He was educated at the Universities of Erlangen, Freiburg, Hamburg, and Paris. His main literary work is in poetry and essay, supplemented by excursions into theater, film, opera, radio drama, reportage, and translation, with one or two novels and several books for children thrown in. Enzensberger’s books include Lighter Than Air: Moral Poems, Zig-Zag: The Politics of Culture and Vice Versa, and the mathematical adventure The Number Devil.