Other Literary Forms
Although Reiner Kunze is known primarily as a lyric poet, he has also published two noteworthy volumes of prose and has distinguished himself as a prolific translator of modern Czech poetry. Kunze’s first prose publication, Der Löwe Leopold (1970), was a collection of children’s tales. Originally published in West Germany, the work subsequently appeared in a number of translations and was awarded the prestigious West German Youth Book Prize of 1971. It has never been published in the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Kunze’s second prose volume, Die wunderbaren Jahre (1976; The Wonderful Years, 1977), has also appeared only in the West and consists of a series of short, critical vignettes describing various aspects of everyday life in the GDR. Kunze also worked closely with the producers of the film version of The Wonderful Years (1980).