Michael Hofmann

(b. 1957)

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(1957– ),

poet and translator, born in Freiburg, the son of German novelist and playwright Gert Hofmann (1931–93). He was educated in the USA and England, studied English at Cambridge, then settled in London. His volumes of verse include Nights in the Iron Hotel (1983), Acrimony (1986, Part 2 of which is a powerful and moving sequence to his father), and Corona, Corona (1993). Approximately Nowhere (1999) returns to the subject of his father. His poems, both European and American in manner and content, dwell on themes of travel, displacement, and love, often invoking contemporary landscapes of casual urban disorder and disconnection. He has translated Kafka, Rilke, Brecht, and Joseph Roth.

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