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  1. The Quest for Christa T.
    The Quest for Christa T.
    The Quest for Christa T.
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  2. The Quest for Christa T.

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  • ISBN13: 9780374515348
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When The Quest for Christa T. was first published in East Germany ten years ago, there was an immediate storm: bookshops in East Berlin were given instructions to sell it only to well-known customers professionally involved in literary matters; at the annual meeting of East German Writers Conference, Mrs Wolf's new book was condemmed. Yet the novel has nothing eplicity to do with politics.

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Christa Wolf
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

"The Quest for Christa T." is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. It is a story of the life and death of an introspective young woman growing up in Nazi Germany, dying at age 31 in Communist East Germany.

"Nachdenken Uber Christa T." was banned in East Germany in 1968, a year in which the Western world was exuberantly practing its freedom of speech and right to protest. It easy for Westerners, accustomed to wallowing in and abusing our own freedom of speech, to miss the significance of the civil courage, the daring and the bravery involved in writing and publishing a first-hand account of life in a repressive society.

Why ban this book?

It spoke truth to power.

"... [Christa T.] had lost the capacity to live in a state of rapture. The vehement overplayed words, the waving banners, the deafening songs, the hands clapping rhythms over our heads. She felt how words begin to change when they aren't being tossed out any more by belief... Read more
The book is choppy and vague. The point is well hidden (at least from my eyes) but my wife says it's a good story about the independence of Christa in the DDR
Having thought more about this novel - The Quest for Christa T. in English - I have revised my overall assessment more positively. Still, I am in two minds about it: taking this as a novel written in 1968 by a young author living in East Germany, in what was then The German Democratic Republic (GDR) or reading it independently from this particular context like a work of literature. In the second case, the novel's story would leave me modestly interested while I would find the author's writing style and language too intricate and cumbersome to enjoy. But, I can't really read this novel outside its historical context. And for that time and place, Christa Wolf's 'reflections' (a better terms than 'quest' I believe) on Christa T. was a politically brave and literary innovative novel to say the least. Deservedly, the book established the author's reputation both in East Germany and elsewhere.

What is it all about? In general terms, the novel is a coming of age story, painting a... Read more
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