Grünbein again

We had a lively discussion in Marbach about high-school education in the classical languages in the GDR. Grünbein writes that he took a year and a half of Latin at high school, and he also seems to have taken a course at a Volkshochschule somewhere (though the reference to that is more glancing). Reviews of his translation of Seneca's Thyestes vary considerably in their evaluations of this translation: one reviewer regards its attempt to render Seneca in present-day German is a serious error, while others praise the way in which Grünbein invigorates this text and makes it relevant to today's readers.