Rainer Kirsch, German author & poet, died at 81

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ercwey68ur7g54ef456234Rainer Kirsch, born on July 17, 1934 in Dobeln and died on September 4, 2015 in Berlin, he was a German writer and poet.

Kirsch studied after graduating from high school at the convent school Roßleben since 1953 History and Philosophy in Halle (Saale) and Jena.

In 1957 he was expelled from the 1958 SED excluded. After that he worked as a laborer in a print shop, as chemical workers and in agriculture.

Since 1960 he was a freelance writer and published his first poems.

From 1963 to 1965 he studied at the Institute of Literature “Johannes R. Becher” in Leipzig.

He is considered a representative of the Saxon school of poetry.

1960 to 1968 he was the writer Sarah Kirsch married. In 1973, he was excluded by disputes over his comedy Heinrichschlag Hands Höllenfahrt for the second time from the SED.

After the peaceful revolution in East Germany in 1990 he was president of the East German Writers’ Association, in the same year a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

Cherry was also a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts.

Cherry emerged as a writer of poetry, plays, short stories and essays, radio plays and children’s books.

He also produced numerous translations and adaptations from Russian (Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Sergei Yesenin, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Daniil Kharms, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Vladimir Vysotsky, Maxim Gorky), the Georgian, the English (John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley) and French (Molière, Edmond Rostand).

Kirsch died on September 4, 2015 in Berlin at age 81.

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