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Christa Wolf

Christa Wolf

Christa Wolf was born in 1929 in Landsberg an der Warthe, Germany (currently Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland). She is a literary critic, novelist, and essayist, and perhaps the best-known writer to emerge from the former East Germany. Her first major success came in 1963 with Divided Heaven. Other works include: The Quest for Christa T., Medea and Cassandra. She received the Heinrich Mann Prize in 1963 and the Schiller Memorial Prize in 1983. She lives in Germany.

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  • Iron Curtain Lady For Christa Wolf, the socialist dream still flickers. In 1960, the Soviet newspaper Izvestia extended an invitation “to writers of the world” to “describe as exactly as possible one day of that year, specifically the 27th of...
    — Jun 25 2007
  • In 1960, Christa Wolf received a phone call from the Russian newspaper Izvestia, inviting her to participate in an imaginative project devised by Maksim Gorky in 1935, which asked writers worldwide to describe their actions during the course of a random day—September 27—as...
    — Apr 1 2007
  • Few writing careers have been as public as that of Wolf, East Germany’s most famous writer; she was both a loyal supporter of her country and a fervent critic (watched by the Stasi and also, for a brief period early in her career, informing for it), and then became a bitter...
    — Mar 28 2007
  • The Quest for Christa Wolf Just as "New York is Book Country," so was East Germany "Leserland DDR." Leserland means land of readers, and its queen was Christa Wolf. Ms. Wolf, whose realistic first novel, "Divided Heaven" (1963), brought her political favor, ran afoul of...
    — Mar 1 2007

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