A recognised German poet, writer, and translator, born in 1943 in Wittgendorf. Bookseller and printer by education. He grew up in Berlin. He studied philosophy and literature, and worked at a bookstore in London for several years. In 1966, he made his debut as a literary critic, and two years later, he joined the Carl Hanser Verlag publishing company, which he now manages. Since 1981, he has published and edited Akzente, an influential literary bimonthly. He announced his first volume of poetry in 1976. In later years, apart from subsequent collections of poems, he also published short stories and novels, which were translated into English, French, Hungarian, and Italian. The Cello Player (2005) was published in Polish, translated by Andrzej Kopacki.
Krüger’s works and activity are acclaimed by the critics, which has been proven by numerous awards. They include Prix Médicis (1996) and the Mörike Prize (2006), one of the most prestigious German literary distinctions. In 2000, Krüger was also honoured by the city of Munich in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of culture. Currently, he is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, the German Academy for Language and Poetry, the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz, and the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. The Foundation of Polish Culture distinguished the writer with an honorary award “For the Promotion of Polish Books in the World” (2006) for numerous works of Polish writers, such as Czesław Miłosz, Witold Gombrowicz, Adam Zagajewski, and Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, published under the imprint of the Carl Hanser Verlag publishing house.