poet Michael Krüger

Michael Krüger

Biography of Michael Krüger

Michael Krüger poet

Michael Krüger (born 9 December 1943 in Wittgendorf) is a German writer, publisher and translator.
Michael Krüger grew up in Berlin. After the graduating he was apprenticed to a publisher and later studied philosophy and literature. From 1962 to 1965 he worked as a bookseller in London.
From 1968 Krüger has worked as a reader at the publishing house Carl Hanser Verlag, since 1986 he has been their chief reader. In 1972 he published his first poems, with his first collection, Reginapoly, appearing in 1976 and his first collection of stories Was tun: Eine altmodische Geschichte (What shall we do: An old-fashioned story) in 1984. Several stories, novels and translations followed. His work has garnered many important accolades including the 1986 Toucan Prize and the 1996 Prix Médicis étranger.
He wrote the introduction to the 2010 New York Review of Books edition of Jakov Lind's Soul of Wood.
Since 1975 Michael Krüger is a jury member of the European literary award Petrarca-Preis.

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The keys

While cleaning up the shed
I found a little box of old keys,
heavy device with beautiful Assyrian beards.
Everyone dreams of another door
in another century,
of duels and hefty sausages.
One fits into a heart tired of love.
It could have known Bismark
or Fontane or a young lady