Tachtig jaar Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Mircea Dinescu, Carlos Fuentes, Kurt Vonnegut, Nilgün Yerli, Christina Guirlande, Andreas Reimann, Luigi Malerba, Noah Gordon, Louis de Bougainville

Tachtig jaar Hans Magnus Enzensberger

De Duitse dichter en schrijver Hans Magnus Enzensberger viert vandaag zijn tachtigste verjaardag. Enzensberger werd geboren op 11 november 1929 in Kaufbeuren. Zie ook mijn blog van 11 november 2006 en ook mijn blog van 11 november 2007 en ook mijn blog van 11 november 2008.




Verzicht, Entsagung, Askese –
das wäre schon zu hoch gegriffen.
Überwältigend, was alles entbehrlich ist.
Von Sonderangeboten keine Notiz zu nehmen,
reiner Genuss! Nirgends aufzutauchen
das Meiste zu unterlassen –
Erkenntnissgewinn durch Abwinken.
Nur wer vieles übersieht,
kann manches sehen.
Das Ich: eine Hohlform,
definiert durch das, was es weglässt.
Was man festhalten kann,
was einen festhält,
das ist das Wenigste.




An alle Fernsprechteilnehmer


etwas, das keine färbe hat, etwas,das nach nichts riecht, etwas zähes,trieft aus den Verstärkerämtern,setzt sich fest in die nähte der zeitund der schuhe, etwas gedunsenes, kommt aus den kokereien, blähtwie eine fahle brise die dividendenund die blutigen segel der hospitäler,mischt sich klebrig in das getuschelum professuren und primgelder, rinnt,

etwas zähes, davon der salm stirbt,in die flüsse, und sickert, farblos,und tötet den butt auf den bänken.die minderzahl hat die mehrheit,die toten sind überstimmt.

in den Staatsdruckereienrüstet das tückische blei auf,die ministerien mauscheln, nach phloxund erloschenen resolutionen riechtder august. das plenum ist leer.

an den himmel darüber schreibtdie radarspinne ihr zähes netzt.die tanker auf ihren helligen wissen es schon, eh der lotse kommt, und der embryo weiß es dunkel

in seinem warmen, zuckenden sarg: es ist etwas in der luft, klebrig und zäh, etwas, das keine färbe hat : gegen uns geht es, gegen den seestern 30 und das getreide, und wir essen davon und verleiben uns ein etwas zähes, und schlafen im blühenden boom, im fünfjahresplan, arglos schlafend im brennenden hemd,

wie geisein umzingelt von einem zähen, farblosen, einem gedunsenen Schlund.



ehre sei der sellerie

der steinbrech, der uhu, die milch,
unbezweifelbar wie das licht, der fels,
von tauben bewaldet, der föhn,
der dotter, das brom, warum nicht,
und meinetwegen der blitz, ja,
der wal und der blitz, sie stehen fest,
auf sie laßt uns bauen,
sie sind eine ode wert.

die zigarrenasche im spiegel,
das ebenbild, wer wär es nicht leid,
dieses scheckgesicht
aus behaartem bims,
diese blumenkohlohren
von schlagern verprügelt,
und später am blutigen himmel
diese suturen aus rauch!

gepriesen sei die friedliche milch,
ruhm dem uhu, er weiß wie er heißt
und fürchtet sich nicht, ehre
dem salz und dem erlauchten wal
und der barmherzigen sellerie,
gebenedeit unter den köchen,
die auf dem teller stirbt.

das zarte erdherz, die sellerie,
menschlicher als der mensch,
frißt nicht seinesgleichen,
noch der blitz, berühmt sei der blitz,
oder meinetwegen der dotter.


Hans Magnus Enzensberger (Kaufbeuren,11 november 1929)


De Roemeense dichter en schrijver Mircea Dinescu werd geboren op 11 november 1950 in Slobozia. Zie ook mijn blog van 11 november 2006  en ook mijn blog van 11 november 2008.





Because we’ve already put governments on the moon
we’ll soon invent bread with teeth
a mechanical rainbow to cut the rain
an icon to appear before us on caterpillar tracks…


As at a fair you pull out graves from a sleeve
dear Lord,
by the light of Your dim halo
glory will polish its own boots
the monkey will swing between the hand of the clock.
Why haven’t You got the sweet recklessness of the madman


to pull towns with a string towards the woods?
Polluted seas will beat their waves
migrating towards pure stars.
In the cars’ cemetery I saw an angel rusting.




Vertaald door Andrea Deletant-Brenda Walker



A Drinking Binge with Marx

“Venerable Marx, if you lived in these lands
You would be quickly clean shaven and sent to a school for re-education.
The fact that even the cows from the East
Which grazed near the railway line
Now think that they are locomotives and stopped giving milk
Is a mistake put to your name.
It would be so good if the cities were ruled by merchants
So that the marketplace should not stink of so much rhetoric
Let free the brewers, the pastrami makers, the milkmen
Full of the dialectics of fermented hops
And of the hardened cheese.

For the time being the farmer would gladly come to scythe
The green sepia of the punks heads
For the time being, thinking that you are dead
The new philosophers get drunk on the idea that they polemicise with you.
They have not got the daring to smell the yeast which ferments
To blow up the society
And start the alembic
Through which
The revolutionary Cohn Bendit
Precipitated into an amiable mayor.

In fact even myself who am an ordinary character
I am coming out like a slug from the syntax and the logic
To dream up that stomach virus
Which makes one drunk on a piece of bread.
Come on, taste it
We are on the right course
In Berlin the clocks started to go haywire.”


Vertaald door  Constantin Roman



Mircea Dinescu (Slobozia, 11 november 1950)


De Panamese dichter en schrijver Carlos Fuentes Macías werd geboren op 11 november 1928 in Panama-Stad. Zie ook mijn blog van 11 november 2006  en ook mijn blog van 11 november 2008.


Uit: This I Believe (Vertaald door Kristina Cordera)


In Yucatán, you never see the water.
It flows underground, beneath a fragile sheath of earth and limestone. Occasionally, that delicate Yucatec skin blossoms in eyes of water, in liquid ponds—the cenotes—that attest to the existence of a mysterious subterranean current. For me, love is like those hidden rivers and unexpected streams of Yucatán. On occasion our lives come to resemble those infinite chasms that would be fathomless if we did not find, at the very bottom of the void, a flowing river, at times placid and navigable, wide or narrow, at times steep, but always a liquid embrace that helps keep us from disappearing forever into the deep gulf of nothingness. While love may be that river that flows and sustains life, love and its most treasured qualities—goodness, beauty, affection, solidarity, memory, companionship, desire, passion, intimacy, generosity, and the very will to love and be loved—are still not necessarily free of the one thing that seems to negate love: evil.
In political life, it is possible to convince oneself that one is acting out of love for a community while driving that community into destruction and inspiring hatred from both within and without. I do not doubt, for example, that Hitler loved Germany. But in Mein Kampf, he made it clear that the notion of loving his country was inseparable from the hatred of all those things that he perceived to be at odds with Germany. The kind of love that is cultivated out of hatred for others was made explicit in a regime of evil that has no parallel in all of history. From the beginning, Hitler declared that he would practice an evil brand of politics in order to achieve good. He made no attempt to hide this, unlike Stalin, who wrapped himself in a flag of humanistic Western ideology—Marxism—to perpetrate an evil comparable to that of Hitler, but that did not dare utter its name. Hitler’s love of evil led him to a Wagnerian apocalypse against the backdrop of a Berlin in flames. Stalin’s love of evil was translated into the slow collapse of a Kremlin built of sand, washed away by the waves, slow but constant, of the same history that the Dictatorship of the Proletariat hoped to embody. The Nazi regime collapsed like a horrid, wounded dragon. Soviet Communism dragged itself to the grave like a sickly worm. Fafner and Oblomov.
The Marquis de Sade also proposes a love of evil that seeks carnal pleasure as a way of grounding the body’s pain and its subsequent disappearance from earth. Sadistic love, the Marquis tells us, may be a bad thing for the victim, but represents a supreme good for the executioner. De Sade, however, did not intend actually to put his monstrous evil-as-good vision into practice. He was not a politician; he was a writer who was almost continuously locked up in prison and thus incapable of acting except in the kingdom of fantasy. There, he was the monarch of creation. And he warns us: “I am a libertine, but I am neither a delinquent nor an assassin.”



Carlos Fuentes (Panama-Stad, 11 november 1928)


De Amerikaanse schrijver en schilder Kurt Vonnegut werd op 11 november 1922 geboren in Indianapolis. Zie ook mijn blog van 11 november 2006  en ook mijn blog van 11 november 2008.


Uit: Mother Night


The Third . . .

My name is Howard W. Campbell, Jr.
I am an American by birth, a Nazi by reputation, and a nationless person by inclination.
The year in which I write this book is 1961.
I address this book of mine to Mr. Tuvia Friedmann, Director of the Haifa Institute for the Documentation of War Criminals, and to whomever else this may concern.
Why should this book interest Mr. Friedmann?
Because it is written by a man suspected of being a war criminal. Mr. Friedmann is a specialist in such persons. He had expressed an eagerness to have any writings I might care to add to his archives of Nazi villainy. He is so eager as to give me a typewriter, free stenographic service, and the use of research assistants, who will run down any facts I may need in order to make my account complete and accurate.
I am behind bars.
I am behind bars in a nice new jail in old Jerusalem.
I am awaiting a fair trail for my war crimes by the Republic of Israel.
It is a curious typewriter Mr. Friedmann has given to me–and an appropriate typewriter, too. It is a typewriter, too. It is a typewriter that was obviously made in Germany during the Second World War. How can I tell? Quite simply, for it puts at finger tips a symbol that was never used on a typewriter before the Third German Reich, a symbol that will never be used on a typewriter again.
The symbol is the twin lightning strokes used for the dreaded S.S., the Schutzstaffel, the most fanatical wing of Nazism.
I used such a typewriter in Germany all through the war. Whenever I had occasion to write of the Schutzstaffel, which I did often and with enthusiasm, I never abbreviated it as “S.S.,” but always struck the typewriter key for the far more frightening and magical twin lightning strokes.”



Kurt Vonnegut (11 november 1922 – 11 april 2007)


De Turks-Nederlandse schrijfster Nilgün Yerli werd op 11 november 1969 geboren in Kirsehir,Turkije. Zie ook mijn blog van 11 november 2008.


Uit: De Adem Van Eva



“er zit me iets in de weg
een raar nieuw dier met lang haar
het slentert hier voortdurend rond
en achtervolgt me overal,
waar ik ook ga daar hou ik niet van
ik ben niet gewend aan gezelschap”


“de hele week achter hem aangelopen en geprobeerd kennis te maken
het praten moest van mijn kant komen want hij is erg verlegen
vind ik helemaal geen punt
zo te zien vindt hij het prettig mij
om zich heen te hebben”



Nilgün Yerli (Kirsehir, 11 november 1969)


De Belgische dichteres en schrijfster Christina Guirlande werd als Godelieve De Beule geboren te Moerzeke bij Dendermonde op 11 november 1938. Zie ook mijn blog van 11 november 2006  en ook mijn blog van 11 november 2008.




Er was een zwijgen in die tijd

veelzeggend en vermengd met kleuren

uit een gedroomde werkelijkheid

het opengaan van dichte deuren


naar kamers met een eigen lied

we waren schuchter als nog niet

gerijpte vruchten zonder zon,

de zomer volgde, toen begon


het daaglijks smeden aan een ring

het zingen om de herfst te weren

de groeiende herinnering

de eenzaamheid en het ontberen


het niets meer wensen dan verweesd

je handen zoeken op de tast

gedragen worden en verrast

het zwijgen vinden dat geneest



Christina Guirlande (Moerzeke, 11 november 1938)


Zie voor onderstaande schrijvers ook mijn blog van 11 november 2008.


De Duitse dichter, schrijver en graficus Andreas Reimann werd geboren in Leipzig op 11 november 1946.


De Italiaanse schrijver Luigi Malerba werd geboren op 11 november 1927 in Berceto.


De Amerikaanse schrijver Noah Gordon werd geboren op 11 november 1926 in Worcester, Massachusetts.


De Franse schrijver, ontdekkingsreiziger, wereldreiziger en militair Louis Antoine de Bougainville werd geboren in Parijs op 11 november 1729.