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Literature – Berlin:Berlin Academy of the Arts takes over Elke Erb’s archive

View of the illuminated glass facade of the Berlin Academy of the Arts. Photo: Jens Kalaene / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa (Photo: dpa)

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Berlin (dpa) – The Berlin Academy of the Arts has taken over the archive of the poet Elke Erb. Erb, who was awarded this year’s Georg Büchner Prize for her “unmistakable” literary life’s work a few weeks ago, handed over her literary legacy to the academy’s archive.

“Erb is one of the most idiosyncratic lyricists of her generation and at the same time the conversation partner for numerous younger authors,” said the academy in Berlin on Monday. From her first volume of poetry “Gutachten” (1975) to “Gedichtverdacht” from last year, the texts opened “ever new perspectives on the world and language itself”.

Erb’s archive includes manuscripts of works or correspondence, for example with Sarah Kirsch. This also includes biographical documents and material on readings, prices or translations.

Erb was part of the literary subculture of the GDR. Her texts often appeared in unofficial literary magazines. She has been a member of the Akademie der Künste since 2012.



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