Books by Christa Wolf

Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"The final sequence, a journey through a Native American dreamscape, finds the narrator facing the end of her life and making peace with uncertainty. The book's poetry should appeal to an American audience even if the political context sometimes gets lost in translation."
The German novelist Wolf's final book opens with a disclaimer stating that none of the characters or situations in the book are true. But because the book is based on a real turn in Wolf's life—the discovery in 1992 that she once collaborated with East Germany's secret police, the Stasi—the truth isn't quite that straightforward. In fact, very little in this fascinating book is. Read full book review >
IN THE FLESH by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A murky and elliptical descent into darkness."
German writer from the former GDR, Wolf offers her latest intellectual-personal foray (Medea: A Modern Retelling, 1998, etc.): a somber, spare, sensitive treatment of pain, illness and memory. Read full book review >
MEDEA by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Overwrought, and markedly inferior to Wolf's better fiction."
German novelist Wolf's discursive retelling of the familiar Greek legend, a logical outgrowth from her earlier novel Cassandra (1984), is—pace Margaret Atwood, who contributes an informative "Introduction"—a humorless and essentially predictable political allegory envisioning the reviled sorceress and murderer (of her children) as a victim of male arrogance and sexual insecurity. Read full book review >
PARTING FROM PHANTOMS by Christa Wolf
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Essential reading for anyone interested in Europe's intellectual life."
In her first nonfiction collection since German unification, East Germany's most prominent novelist wrestles eloquently with the ghosts of the past: her own, her country's. Read full book review >
WHAT REMAINS by Christa Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

Ten years' worth of stories by (formerly East) German writer Wolf (Accident, 1989; No Place on Earth, 1982; etc.), with the title novella being of most interest: a woman writer is being followed closely by secret police, with her own internal censor in full gear as well. Read full book review >
THE AUTHOR'S DIMENSION by Christa Wolf
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 1993

"And doubtlessly self-painful, and thus touching."
Wolf's essays are interesting more for their circumstances than for what they have to say. Read full book review >

East German novelist-memorist Wolf (Cassandra, No Place on Earth) presents a short, trenchant meditation, as much essay as fiction, on mortality—here, centered on the Chernobyl nuclear accident and on a brother's brain surgery. Read full book review >