Author: Wolfgang Hilbig
Translated by Isabel Fargo Cole
9780857427151 | PB | pp. 344+x | 2015 | Seagull Books
‘I’ is a black comedy about state power and the seductions of surveillance. It tells the tale of W who lives a double life in the underground German literary scene.
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The perfect book for paranoid times, ‘I’ introduces us to W, a mere hanger-on in East Berlin’s postmodern underground literary scene. All is not as it appears, though, as W is actually a Stasi informant who reports to the mercurial David Bowie look-alike Major Feuerbach. But are political secrets all that W is seeking in the underground labyrinth of Berlin? In fact, what W really desires are his own lost memories, the self undone by surveillance: his “I.”
First published in Germany in 1993 and hailed as an instant classic, “I” is a black comedy about state power and the seductions of surveillance. Its penetrating vision seems especially relevant today in our world of cameras on every train, bus, and corner. This is an engrossing read, available now for the first time in English.
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About the Contributors
The author (1941-2007) was a German writer who was awarded the 2002 Georg Büchner Prize for his life’s work.
The translator is a US-born, Berlin-based writer and translator.
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