"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.
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