Author: Volker Braun
Translated by David Constantine, Karen Leeder
9780857427144 | PB | pp. 170 | 2019 | Seagull Books
Rubble Flora collects half a century of Volker Braun’s poetry. The poet lived in former Communist East Germany and envisioned a utopian possibility that did not materialise.
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Living in the former communist East Germany, Volker Braun upheld the voice of the individual imagination and identified with a utopian possibility that never became reality. He found a singular voice amid the upheavals of 1989— exploring the triumph of capitalism and the languages of advertising, terror, politics and war. At the same time, Braun is a sensual poet in tune with the natural landscape. Many of his poems set quotations from Rimbaud, Shakespeare and Brecht into his own context, where they work as ironic illuminations of a present plight. Cumulatively, Rubble Flora, which collects half a century of Braun’s poetry, offers a searing vision of the last few transformative decades.
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About the Contributors
The author has written numerous plays, works of fiction and volumes of poetry and essays. He won the the prestigious Georg Büchner prise in 2000.
David Constantine is an award-winning, editor and translator who has published several volumes of poetry, a novel and four collections of short stories.
Karen Leeder is an academic, translator and professor of modern German literature at the University of Oxford.
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