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I 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

  • Title: I
  • Author: Wolfgang Hilbig Isabel Fargo Cole
  • ISBN: 9780857422347
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I By Wolfgang Hilbig Isabel Fargo Cole, 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 lookalike, Major Feuerbach But are political secrets all that W is seeking in the underground labyrinth of Berlin In fact, what WThe 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 lookalike, 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 Hilbig writes as Edgar Allan Poe could have written if he had been born in Communist East Germany LA Review of Books

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    1. Meowliteraturetoday 2 I m working on a longer review for another thing now linked above , but in short this is a book about a lowlife who goes from living with his mom, working a shitty job, and wishing he was a real writer, to playing a pretend real writer for the Stasi in order to spy on real writers We come in right around the point where he starts losing his shit Maybe they re real writers Where everybody starts losing their shit.

    2. Sometimes I feel like it s not worth trying to read hard novels, and I should just read things I m comfortable with Then someone like Hilbig comes along, and reminds me the only novels worth reading, in a very real sense, are the difficult ones But difficult like his, not other people s Step one find a premise that lets you be meta literary, but in a way that makes it clear that being meta literary is really unimportant compared to actual, real, human life I is about a writer who is kind of sort [...]

    3. WOLFGANG HILBIG, Yazar air, ALM 1993, TR 2012, Sel Yay n, eviren Sabir Y cesoy, 325 sf YOLDA OLMAK benim z m K K ADIMLAR denilen eye yatk nl k benim z m n bir par as diyebilirim ki ne pahas na olursa olsun amac na ula an insanlardan de ilim BEN Bu d nyan n G SAH PLER NDEN kendine olabildi ince ok ey KOPARIP alabilmek i in en h zl yolun ONLARLA B RL K olmaktan ge ti ini bana ok nceden retmi lerdi unu anlamak gerek R zalar n alacak de ildin, onlar ONAY VERMEYE ZORLAYACAKSIN Vars n kendilerini alda [...]

    4. Wolfgang Hilbig s novel, appropriately titled I, addresses the question of individual responsibility during fascist regimes and many similarly knotty quandaries of the human psyche, though within the relatively milder historical epilogue known as the German Democratic Republic Hilbig s novel can seem impenetrable The story follows no conventional sense of chronology and relies entirely on the mental meanderings of a bombastic and unreliable narrator in the middle of a profound existential crisis [...]

    5. It s sort of the opposite of hard boiled the spy s fractured self is not an absence but an unmanageable stacked palimpsest, and it seems to get something very right about life in a surveillance society.

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