Two Lines Press

His Name Is Hilbig!

Surprising but true: posthumous, terminally grouchy, impenetrably dark, Central European Wolfgang Hilbig is one of our most popular authors. Maybe its his poetic evocations of memory along the lines of Proust. Maybe it’s his mordant, Thomas Bernard–like sense of humor. Maybe people just like his jolly Santa Clause–ish belly? Who really knows! All we can say is that authors like Joshua Cohen and László Krasznahorkai unite with periodicals like The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal—plus oodles of indie booksellers across the nation—to proclaim Hilbig’s greatness. And here you can get a hit of the man himself that will last you all summer long.

  • The Sleep of the Righteous

    By Wolfgang Hilbig
    Translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole

    Doppelgängers, a murderer’s guilt, pulp noir, fanatical police, and impossible romances—these are the pieces from which German master Wolfgang Hilbig builds a divided nation battling its demons. Delving deep into the psyches of both East and West Germany, The Sleep of the Righteous reveals a powerful, apocalyptic, utterly personal account of the century-defining nation’s postwar struggles.

  • Old Rendering Plant

    By Wolfgang Hilbig
    Translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole

    In Old Rendering Plant Wolfgang Hilbig turns his febrile, hypnotic prose to the intersection of identity, language, and history’s darkest chapters, immersing readers in the odors and oozings of a butchery that has for years dumped biological waste into a river.

  • Tidings of the Trees

    By Wolfgang Hilbig
    Translated from German by Isabel Fargo Cole

    Where once was a beautiful wood now stands a desolate field smothered in ash and garbage, and here a young man named Waller has terrorizing encounters with grotesque figures named “the garbagemen.” As Waller becomes fascinated with these desperate men who eke out a survival by rooting through their nation’s waste, he imagines they are also digging through its past as their government erases its history and walls itself off from the outside world.