Helmut Heißenbüttel – The Author as Critic
Büchner prize winner Helmut Heißenbüttel (1921–1996), long-serving Literature Department Director at the Academy, was a seminal figure in literature in West Germany’s early years. Aside from his “Textbücher” series and volumes of short stories, he also produced hundreds of articles of literary criticism. Both as reader and critic, he was driven by a curiosity for the unfamiliar, unsecured and the still unknown. In his Heißenbüttel portrait, Klaus Ramm presents works from “Zur Lockerung der Perspektive”; the reader is Bernt Hahn.