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The Extravagance of the Italians

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Translated by Martin Chalmers

‘There are no Italians in Italy, only natives and newcomers.’ Hans Magnus Enzensberger on the small-change crisis in 1970s Italy. Translated by Martin Chalmers.

Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Hans Magnus Enzensberger (11 November 1929 - 24 November 2022) was a German author, poet, translator and editor. The Number Devil has been translated into over thirty languages and is essential reading for anyone - of any age - who has ever been mystified by mathematics.

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Translated by Martin Chalmers

Martin Chalmers was a translator of 20th century and contemporary German writing. Over his career he translated many eminent authors, including Herta Müller, Hubert Fichte, and Robert Walser. He died in 2014.

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