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Author photo. Christa Wolf, 1963. Foto von Irene Eckleben. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0509-0010-006)

Christa Wolf, 1963. Foto von Irene Eckleben. (Deutsches Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B0509-0010-006)

Christa Wolf (1929–2011)

Author of The Quest for Christa T.

Includes the names: Christa Wolf, כריסטה וולף, Криста Вульф

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The Quest for Christa T. 514 copies, 8 reviews
Cassandra 509 copies, 11 reviews
Medea 361 copies, 8 reviews
Divided Heaven 341 copies, 4 reviews
Patterns of Childhood 340 copies, 2 reviews
No Place on Earth 226 copies, 4 reviews
Accident: A Day's News 201 copies, 3 reviews
What Remains 114 copies, 4 reviews
One Day a Year: 1960 - 2000 100 copies, 3 reviews
In the Flesh 84 copies, 4 reviews
Sommerstück 79 copies, 3 reviews
Unter den Linden 42 copies, 1 review
August 25 copies
One Day a Year: 2001 - 2011 21 copies, 1 review
Till Eulenspiegel 7 copies, 1 review
Im Dialog 5 copies
Sommerstykke 2 copies
2008 1 copy
Ansprachen 1 copy
Hotets dag 1 copy
Izbrannoje 1 copy
The Seventh Cross (Afterword, some editions) 599 copies, 10 reviews
Transit (Afterword, some editions) 469 copies, 16 reviews
Telling Tales (Contributor) 299 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 42: Krauts! (Contributor) 114 copies
Granta 33: What Went Wrong (Contributor) 105 copies
Rummelplatz (Foreword, some editions) 88 copies, 2 reviews
Februarschatten (Afterword, some editions) 21 copies
Fahrt mit der S- Bahn. Erzähler der DDR. (Author) 15 copies, 1 review

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Christa Wolf, née Ihlenfeld, was born in Landsberg an der Warthe, Germany (present-day Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland). At the end of World War II, her family fled the advance of the Red Army and settled in Mecklenburg, in what would become the German Democratic Republic (GDR) or East Germany. She went to high school in Gammelin, near Schwerin, and studied literature at the University of Jena and the University of Leipzig. At age 20, she became a member of the Socialist Party. In 1951, she married Gerhard Wolf, a writer and fellow student. After graduation, she worked for the German Writers' Union and as an editor for a publishing company.

She first made her mark as a writer with the novel Der geteilte Himmel (Divided Heaven) in 1963. Her subsequent works included Nachdenken über Christa T. (The Quest for Christa T., 1968), Kindheitsmuster (Patterns of Childhood, 1976), Kassandra (Cassandra, 1983), Störfall (Accident, 1987), Medea (1996), Auf dem Weg nach Tabou (On the Way to Taboo, 1994), and Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud (City of Angels or The Overcoat of Dr. Freud, 2010).

By the 1980s, her realistic style and her feminism, as much as her open criticism of the GDR, had made her well-known in West Germany and internationally. She received numerous awards for her work, including the Heinrich Mann Prize (1963), the Georg Büchner Prize (1980), the Schiller Memorial Prize (1983), and the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis (1987). After German reunification, she was awarded the Elisabeth Langgässer Prize (1999) and the Nelly Sachs Literature Prize, and became the first recipient of the Deutscher Bücherpreis (German Book Prize) in 2002 for lifetime achievement. In 1993, the release of documents compiled by the GDR secret police known as the Stasi showed that she had informed on fellow authors from 1959 to 1962.
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