Search Results: "Christa Wolf"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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UNCLE RABBIT'S BUSY VISIT by Christa Kempter
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Kemper's clever premise is undermined by a vague and unsatisfying ending; Weldin's soft illustrations have more warmth than the story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Can the bustling Rabbit and the laid-back Bear share a house? Read full book review >

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THE HIDDEN DEEP by Christa Kinde
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"A slow but ultimately successful installment in a serviceable Christian fiction series aimed at middle-grade readers. (order of angels, discussion questions) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
This second volume in the Threshold series stands, as did the series debut, with one foot in the clouds—amid an epic battle of angels and demons—and another planted firmly on the Earth, entrenched in the ordinary lives of the Pomeroy family. Read full book review >

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DID YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU? by Christa Pierce
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"An overlong greeting card. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Debut author/illustrator Pierce matches a litany of loving expressions to illustrations. Read full book review >

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Released: June 10, 2012

"Sensible tools to help achieve your dreams."
A well-articulated guide to identifying and mastering personal goals. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The volume's size may intimidate some readers, but this is a must for libraries, a treasure for classrooms. (expedition miscellany, bibliography, Internet resources, glossary) (Fiction. 10+)"
In the flood of volumes marking the bicentennial of the epic journey, Wolf manages something fresh and alive—a mammoth novel of poetic narratives in 14 voices that treats the trek to the Pacific and back as a drama of many players, many voices. Read full book review >