Reiner Kunze

…is a modern classic in contemporary German poetry, a master in the art of reduction, compressing language by way of elimination. In 1959, he was forced to resign from his lectureship at the University of Leipzig, because he was in opposition to the regime. Later he was excluded from the Writerˈs Association, and finally left the GDR in 1977 and moved to West Germany. The same year saw the publication of his first collection of poems, entitled ›Vögel über dem Tau‹. Meanwhile Reiner Kunze has authored more than 30 volumes of poetry, prose, essays, and translations. He received numerous literary awards, including the ›Georg-Büchner-Prize‹ in 1977. His most recent publication is a collection of translations, it appeared in ›Poesiealbum 325‹ and features Jan Skàcel.