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

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“Cambert”, a writer and Stasi informer, is tasked with shadowing a mysterious author, suspected of “hostile” intentions. However, since the author never makes an attempt to publish his texts, the suspicion is difficult to verify. “Cambert’s” doubts about the necessity of his task, which forces him into uncanny expeditions through underground vaults in Berlin, grow as he becomes unsure whether the Ministry for State Security actuallyhas any interest in his reports. He is increasingly plagued by the idea that he is not even being taken seriously as an individual. In the stuffy room he sub-lets from Frau Falbe, who refuses to even make him coffee, his fiction and his Stasi report become so blurred that he is hardly able to write anything. Deep down, he fears that the real beneath the guise of "Cambert" may have long since vanished. Hilbig takes the complexity of power and the human spirit as his subject, exploring them through the example of a writer who has become a Stasi informer.

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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