Search Results: "Christa Wolf"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 1993

"Steven painted the kitchen cabinets bright yellow and I made orange and yellow flowered curtains''); noteworthy mostly as a mother's farewell. (Thirty-two b&w photographs—not seen)"
Well-intentioned but bland biography of the high-school social-studies teacher who died in the Challenger space shuttle explosion, written by her mother. Read full book review >

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WOLF by Sara Fanelli
by Sara Fanelli, illustrated by Sara Fanelli
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Not everyone will be enchanted; this is mostly for those who already find Fanelli's eccentricities winning. (Picture book. 4- 8)"
Fanelli (My Map Book, 1995, etc.) turns the idea of the wolf at the door on its head in this offbeat story. Read full book review >

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WOLF! by Becky Bloom
Released: March 1, 1999

"The cartoonish figures have expressive faces and postures, offering plenty for readers to pore over. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An entertaining tale featuring well-known figures; a tired, hungry wold enters a little town populated by disgruntled people, humorously drawn by Biet. Read full book review >

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THE 12 DARES OF CHRISTA by Marissa Burt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A sweet story about letting go and allowing life to lead the way. (Fiction. 10-13)"
To say Christa Vasile loves Christmas is an understatement. Read full book review >

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WOLF by Mo Hayder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another adventure for Caffery, a protagonist much like James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux or Paul Cleave's Theo Tate, doomed to work 'in the presence of evil.'"
Hayder (Hanging Hill, 2012, etc.) once again lures DI Jack Caffery into evil's morass. Read full book review >

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Wolf by Kelly Oliver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A witty and engaging whodunit, with a 'cowgirl philosopher' who's part V.I. Warshawski and part John Wayne."
A murder mystery features an unconventional college student and her friends. Read full book review >