Despite her premature death in 1973, Brigitte Reimann has emerged since the late 1990s as one of the most important writers of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Rising to fame in the early 1960s with a series of novels narrating the social, sexual, and political struggles of East German youth, Reimann is best known today for her never-completed opus

Franziska Linkerhand

and for her diaries, which were the basis of a 2004 TV miniseries under the title

Hunger auf Leben

[Hunger for Life]. Reimann was also a correspondent of notable figures like Christa Wolf and the architect Hermann Henselmann. Reimann’s work takes up a number of diverse themes, including the transformation of gender roles after the Second World War, the connection between art and politics in a socialist…

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Citation: Bivens, Andrew Hunter. "Brigitte Reimann". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2010 [, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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