The novels Flughunde [The Karnau Tapes, 1995], Spione [Spies, 2000], and Kaltenburg (2008) established the national and international reputation for Marcel Beyer as a new, somewhat idiosyncratic voice in German literature. The recipient of several prestigious German literary awards, Beyer has been hailed by The New Yorker magazine as one of the best young novelists in the world. While literary critics and scholars have shown vivid interest in the novels, his poetry has yet to attract closer academic attention. This attention is certainly warranted, considering how Erdkunde [Geography, 2002], Beyer's second volume of poems, can impress readers with its often bewildering imagery of twentieth-century history and its intricate play with poetic traditions and voices.
Erdkunde belongs to the
Citation: Mundt, Hannelore G.. "Erdkunde". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 November 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=28510, accessed 04 December 2023.]