The Females

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Two Lines Press
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4.4 X 0.5 X 6.9 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author
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 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.

Isabel Fargo Cole is a U.S.-born, Berlin-based writer and translator. Her translations include Boys and Murderers by Hermann Ungar (Twisted Spoon Press, 2006), All the Roads Are Open by Annemarie Schwarzenbach (Seagull Books, 2011), The Jew Car by Franz Fühmann (Seagull Books, 2013), and The Sleep of the Righteous by Wolfgang Hilbig. The recipient of a prestigious PEN/Heim Translation Grant in 2013, she is the initiator and co-editor of, an online magazine for new German literature in English.
"Hilbig's was among the most significant prose and poetry written not just in the GDR but in all of postwar Germany--East or West." -- Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers
"Whenever I read Hilbig's books . . . I am profoundly shaken. this language practically slices me open." -- Clemens Meyer, author of Bricks and Mortar
"Wolfgang Hilbig is an artist of immense stature" -- László Krasznahorkai, recipient of the 2015 International Man Booker Prize and author of Satantango and Seiobo There Below
"Evokes the luminous prose of W.G. Sebald." -- The New York Times
"Out of the ugliness of history and the wasted landscape of his home, he has created stories of disconsolate beauty." -- The Wall Street Journal
"[Hilbig writes as] Edgar Allan Poe could have written if he had been born in Communist East Germany." -- Los Angeles Review of Books
"Hilbig's prose is vivid and poetic." -- Publishers Weekly