The Unexpected: In the footsteps of Wolfgang Hildesheimer through Poschiavo
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With these words Wolfgang Hildesheimer expresses himself in his text "Experience of the Unexpected" (Merian 14/8 1961). In the autumn of 1956, Hildesheimer, who suffers from the "appalling Bavarian climate", discovered Poschiavo for himself: »Poschiavo! It has the right height, the right climate, the right lieutenant." After initial difficulties, since the Federal Foreign Police refused the request for a stay, Wolfgang Hildesheimer and his wife Silvia were able to settle in Poschiavo in 1957 as a figure of "spiritual life" after an intercession by the writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt:
"Here it is wonderful, wonderful weather, wonderful air, apartment furnished except for hall and guest rooms, ... Veltliner wine flows in abundance, melons, Bel Paese, and of course I haven't come to work yet because Of all the setup. This in keywords our state."
So Hildesheimer in a letter to Toni and Hans Werner Richter in August 1957.
1982 Wolfgang Hildesheimer and his wife were granted honorary citizenship of the municipality of Poschiavo. He died in Poschiavo on 21 August 1991. his wife Silvia, painter, in November 2014
Wolfgang Hildesheimer lived in Poschiavo for more than 30 years:
"We've been living there for a long time and are at home. We have never lived in one place as long as in Poschiavo."
quote in Manfred Durzak, conversations about the novel. Form determination and analysis, Frankfurt am Main 1976, p. 295.
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