Hans Magnus Enzensberger

1929 (Kaufbeuren, Germany) –

Enzensberger worked as an assistant radio editor to Andersch, and was invited to join Andersch’s legendary and influential Gruppe 47 (which Enzensberger later memorably described as “the Café Central of a literature without a capital”). Among fellow-members, Bachmann was a friend, Walser became a continuing colleague, Grass was a neighbour — they saw each other all the time — while Weiss had a famous spat with him. Enzensberger helped put out Sebald’s first three prose books, and wrote a farewell poem to him on his death. Sachs was a correspondent, forgiving to post-war writers like him. He met Barnet in Cuba.

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