Wolfgang Hilbig (1941?2007) was one of the major German writers to emerge in the postwar era. Though raised in East Germany, he 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 major literary prizes, capped by the 2002 Georg Büchner Prize, Germany’s highest literary honor.
from the collection The Sleep of the Righteous out now from Two Lines Press
We could claim but a small part of the street: our street, as we called it, stretched townward to the point where the pavement beganuneven and jolting, made of square granite cobblesand out the other way to the railroad crossing, where the town, at least its inhabited part, really had already ended.