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Last Day of the Year

Michael Kruger

Translated by Karen Leeder and Richard Dove

Last Day of the Year
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ISBN: 978 1 937679 37 8
Categories: 21st Century, German, Translation
Imprint: Sheep Meadow Press
Published: January 2015
216 x 135 x 18 mm
304 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Michael Krüger is a major figure in modern German poetry, one of its great editors and leading practitioners. In 1993 Carcanet published Diderot’s Cat, Michael Krüger’s original Selected Poems, which drew on thirteen collections. This new edition, in German and English, incorporates portions of that book with selections from five later books, translated by Karen Leeder and Richard Dove. Introducing Diderot’s Cat, Dove declared, ‘If the recent German Zeitgeist could speak, it might sound a good deal like Michael Krüger.’ For his American editor and publisher the poet Stanley Moss he is ‘a self-made oracle of various cultures. His poetry… teaches us how to walk in the night…’
    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
    Karen Leeder
    Karen Leeder (born 1962) is a writer, translator and academic. Since 1993 she has taught German at New College, Oxford and is Professor of Modern German Literature there. She is also a translator of German poetry into English, most recently Volker Braun, Rubble Flora: Selected Poems (with David Constantine, 2014), Michael ... 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
    Praise for Michael Kruger `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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