Wolfgang Hilbig Herausgegeben von: Jörg Bong + Jürgen Hosemann + Oliver Vogel


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ISBN: 978-3-10-033641-5


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When Wolfgang Hilbig died on 2 June 2007, German-language literature lost a unique voice. To the very end, he wrote poems of dark and dreamlike beauty – the alpha and the omega of his writing. Even in his great novels, the lyrical tone was ever-present. Indebted to the traditions of romanticism, symbolism and expressionism and marked by the everyday experiences of a workingman’s life in East Germany, he created his own language: passionate and full of burning desire, elegiac, brooding, tender. This is the voice of an objector and a sufferer, a ‘man lost in dreams, a banished paradise walker’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung) – the voice of a poet and a man.

About Wolfgang Hilbig

To this day there is an aura of mystery around the poet Wolfgang Hilbig, who was born in 1941 and died in 2007. He grew up without a father in the small town of Meuselwitz near Leipzig, left school at fourteen and worked as an unskilled labourer in various sectors before ‘rising’ to the rank of stoker at an industrial plant. During and after work he wrote, but his texts met with official rejection in East Germany. In 1985 he moved to West Germany. Despite winning virtually every major literary prize, including the 2002 Georg Büchner Prize, he remained an outsider and cut a singular figure on the publishing scene.

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Wolfgang Hilbig
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Jörg Bong
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Oliver Vogel
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