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The Faber Book of Twentieth-Century German Poems

Michael Hofmann

The Faber Book of Twentieth-Century German Poems – edited by acclaimed poet and translator Michael Hofmann – contains poetry by the giants of European literature like Rainer Maria Rilke, Nelly Sachs and Bertolt Brecht alongside other lessen known but equally vital poets.

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Rilke, Sachs, Brecht, Celan: German has produced some of the giants of twentieth century European poetry. In this new selection, complete with many new translations, Michael Hofmann guides us through the poems, poets and themes of German verse. Meticulously researched but eminently approachable, The Faber Book of Twentieth Century German Poems is an essential new addition to any poetry bookshelf.

‘Michael Hofmann has a skeptical intelligence, an observant eye, a compulsion to speak the unspeakable, and the useful wariness of the displaced person.’ Helen Vendler, New York Review of Books

‘It is probably impossible to produce poetry of this quality that is tuned more precisely to the timbre of the present than Michael Hofmann’s. Rapture is the only adequate response.’ Geoff Dyer, Guardian


Michael Hofmann was born in 1957 in Freiburg, Germany, and came to England in 1961. He has published four volumes of poems and won a Cholmondeley Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for poetry. His translations have won many awards, including the Independent‘s Foreign Fiction Award, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the P.E.N./Book of the Month Club Translation…

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