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Diderot's Cat

Michael Kruger

Translated by Richard Dove

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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (32 pages)
(Pub. Dec 1993)
9781857540215
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  • `If the recent German Zeitgeist could speak, it might sound a good deal like Michael
    Kruger
    ,' Richard Dove writes in his introduction to Diderot's Cat, the first comprehensive selection of Kruger's poems in English. The poems are drawn from thirteen collections published over the last two decades of uneasy peace and momentous change.
     
    Michael Kruger was born in Saxony in 1943, grew up in Berlin, and has lived for more than twenty years in Munich. Although a prose-writer, publisher, essayist and critic of note, and also the editor of the important German literary magazine Akzente, he is best known in his own country as a poet.
    Michael Kruger
    Michael Kruger was born in Saxony in 1943, grew up in Berlin, and has lived for more than forty years in Munich. A prose-writer, publisher (recently retired after forty five years as editor and publisher at Hanser Verlag), essayist and critic, and also the editor of the important German literary magazine ... read more
    Richard Dove
    Richard Dove was born in 1954 in Bath. He read Modern Languages at Oxford (D.Phil. on the late romantic poet August von Platen) and lectured in German and English at the Universities of Exeter, Regensburg and Wales before moving to Munich in 1987. His publications include one book of German poems ... read more
    `a well-disguised mystic .  . . a scribe who has got beyond books, to the point where the wisdom of  masters begins-the absurd wisdom which writes its final word on water. It would not be entirely wrong, either, to call Kruger a master of the love-poem, a first-rate painter of landscapes and climates, a reviver of  the Roman Elegy, a painter's poet. But he is all these things with a difference: there is a "remainder" which-in rational terms-should not exist, which one will only discover if one is not looking for it and which is . . .
    everything
    .'
    Adolf Muschg
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