Wolfgang Hilbig – ein Schriftsteller des Samizdat?1

André Steiner


Wolfgang Hilbig, famous novelist of reunited Germany, focuses in his major narrative works Eine Übertragung and Das Provisorium mainly on his own origins as a dissident-writer in the former GDR. Much less known are however the real circumstances and poetic documents—short prose and lyrics—which can be regarded as signs of Hilbig’s position and attitude in the East-German samizdat movement of the 80s. The present essay aims to show how these early beginnings in writing led the author to his career as enigmatic and later—with his ‘Wende-Roman’—nearly popular novelist, who was awarded the Büchner-Prize in 2002. Beyond that it points out the differences between Hilbig’s narrative stance and that of comparable authors of the Samizdat like Gert Neumann and Reiner Schedlinski, that is, particularly a temporal disorder which marks his prose works and is due to a subjectivity which prevails in a state of permanent becoming. (AS; in German)

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