Jürgen Becker

(1932 / Köln)

Biography of Jürgen Becker

Jürgen Becker poet

Jürgen Becker was born in Köln, Germany, in 1932. He is the author of over thirty books—including drama, fiction, and poetry—all published by Suhrkamp, Germany's premier publisher. He has won numerous prizes, including the Heinrich Böll Prize, the Uwe Johnson Prize, the Hermann Lenz Prize, and the Georg Büchner Prize, the highest honor a German-language author can receive.

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What is to be achieved

The next hour. As though we were waiting. But
there are always things to be done, we won't even mention
all the baggage.

It's light enough outside. No prompting's
needed no subject for the leader; I'll tell you
everything soon enough.

It's really quite simple. With your back to the wall,

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