Seductions of Surveillance: The Writing of Wolfgang Hilbig
Goethe Insititut | 30 Irving Place | New York, NY
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We’re celebrating Wolfgang Hilbig’s The Sleep of the Righteous again, this time in New York City!
“[Hilbig writes as] Edgar Allen Poe could have written if he had been born in Communist East Germany.” — Los Angeles Review of Books
“Beautiful, dream-like stories of the pain and wonder of becoming oneself.” — Die Zeit
Join Hilbig translator Isabel Fargo Cole with New York-based writer and translator Joshua Cohen for a reading and conversation about the work and life of one of postwar Germany’s major literary figures. Raised in East Germany, Hilbig proved so troublesome to the authorities that in 1985 he was granted permission to emigrate to the West. The author of over 20 books, he received virtually all of Germany’s literary prizes, capped by the 2002 Georg Büchner Prize, Germany’s highest literary honor.