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By Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Hans Magnus Enzensberger is a poet, dramatist, essayist and translator. it is a great collection of 3 later essays on conflict and violence. he's additionally a Georg Buchner Prize recipient; there's a assortment on bibliotik compiling those winners.

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"A strong ebook that are meant to have enormous influence on these able to go away ideological luggage behind."
-- East Bay show Books

In Civil Wars, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Germany's such a lot astute literary and political critic, chronicles the worldwide adjustments occurring because the results of evolving notions of nationalism, loyalty, and neighborhood. Enzensberger sees comparable forces at paintings world wide, from America's racial uprisings in l. a. to the outright carnage within the former Yugoslavia. He argues that past ways to classification or generational clash have failed us, and that we're now faced with an "autism of violence": an inclination towards self-destruction and collective madness.

Known all over the world as an essayist, journalist, poet, translator, and dramatist, Hans Magnus Enzensberger is the writer of many books, together with Europe, Europe; serious Essays; Politics and Crime; The Sinking of the immense; chosen Poems; and The recognition undefined. He lives in Munich.

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The more freedom and equality people gain, the more they expect. If these expectations are not fulfilled, then almost anyone can feel hum iliated. The longing for recognition is never satisfied. Newspaper editors know the story well enough: the ghetto kid who wants a pair of designer training shoes enough to kill for them; the office worker who fails in his ambition to become a pop star and robs a bank or shoots into a crowd of people to get his own back for the humiliation he has suffered. A last attempt at an explanation, the most depress­ ing of all, concerns the unprecedented growth in world population.

If they can’t achieve total annihilation, they will settle for driving their enemies out of the country, using them as a demographic weapon against the outside world. As pun­ ishment for its defence of the remains of a civilization, a third party is charged with the care of the victims. The gang leaders regard the population as tiresome waste to be disposed of by someone else. It is difficult to know where in this train of thought the search for meaning stops and contempt for human life begins.

I have been infected. I feel the rage, the fear and the hate building up inside me. I am deeply involved in my subject. My brain is flooded with chemical messengers I know nothing about. I am in danger of losing control of the thoughts that come into my head. It is impossible to have a linear discussion on this theme. Merely stating your own position fans the flames of conflict. There is no Archimedean point. I have stepped into an intellectual and moral minefield. I have to move with great care.

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