The paper deals with the presence of Wolfgang Hildesheimer in the German literary field. On the one hand, it focuses on the Hildesheimer’s role in literary companions from the ‘90s to the present days. On the other hand, it investigates the presence of Hildesheimer in the public sphere, in relation to the aesthetic and ethic intentions of the Group 47. In the last chapter, some hypotheses are proposed to explain the reasons why Hildesheimer occupies a non-influential position in the contemporary German literary field.