In 1960, East German writer Wolf received a phone call from a Moscow newspaper asking if she would describe her experiences on a single day, September 27, “as precisely as possible.” She was intrigued by the request and has continued recording her thoughts and feelings on that day ever since. This book collects forty of these intimate essays, from 1960 to 2000. Wolf, one of the most important authors of the twentieth century, writes about the demands and rewards of being a wife and mother and contemplates national and global events during the course of that one day a year.
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.