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HILBIG, Wolfgang
Wolfgang Hilbig was born in the town of Meuselwitz in Saxony in 1941; he thus grew up in the German Democratic Republic, where his life became increasingly difficult form him. In 1985, he was able to move to the Federal Republic of Germany, and he has lived there as a free-lance writer since. Hilbig's literary treatment of the entanglement of mind and power, i.e., writers and State Security, as it becomes apparent in the exceprt from his novel Ich, published in Vol. 1 No. 1, complements the essay by Walther and Prittwitz, also in Vol. 1 No. 1 ("View from Germany --State Security and Writers: Report on the Research Project" by Joachim Walther and Gesine von Prittwitz, translated by Scott G. Williams). Though Hilbig has published prose as well as poetry, he is, in the estimation of many, one of the most important writers of prose in German.

Ich (I ): Vol. 1, No. 1

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