Durs Grünbein

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Durs Grünbein (born 9 October 1962, Dresden) is a German poet, living in Rome since 2013.[1]

Life and career

Grünbein has been hailed as the most significant and successful poet to emerge from the former East Germany, and his work has been awarded many major German literary prizes, including the highest, the Georg-Büchner-Preis, which he won in 1995.[2] That same year, he also won the Peter Huchel Prize for Poetry.[3]

In 2005, he held the position of Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College. Since 2006, Grünbein is a visiting professor at the academy of fine arts at Düsseldorf and at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee.[1]

In 2009 he was a poet in residence at the Villa Massimo in Rome.[4] Grünbein is a regular contributor to Frau und Hund - Zeitschrift für kursives Denken, edited by the academy's rector, the painter Markus Lüpertz.

Grünbein has also published several essay collections and new translations of plays from antiquity, among them Aeschylus' The Persians, and Seneca's Thyestes. His work, which also includes contributions to catalogues and a libretto for opera, has been translated into many languages.


  • Grauzone morgens (1988)
  • Schädelbasislektion (1991)
  • Falten und Fallen (1994) Gedichte, Suhrkamp Verlag ISBN 3-518-40570-5
  • Den teuren Toten
  • Nach den Satiren
  • Erklärte Nacht (2002)
  • On Snow (Vom Schnee, 2003)
  • Cyrano oder Die Rückkehr vom Mond (2014) Gedichte, Suhrkamp Verlag
Books in English translation

Further reading

  • Michael Eskin, Karen Leeder, Christopher Young (eds.): Durs Grünbein. A Companion. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter 2013. ISBN 978-3-11-022794-9

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 [1]. „Suhrkamp auf dem Weg zur AG: Das Gläubiger-Drama von Charlottenburg“. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  2. Büchner Preis List of Recipients. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  3. Peter Huchel Preis. Introduction and Recipients. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  4. Profile at Villa Massimo in Rome. Retrieved May 15, 2010.

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