Christa Wolf, Nachdenken über Christa T [The Quest for Christa T. ]

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Christa Wolf’s short novel

Nachdenken über Christa T.

(1968)

,

translated into English by Christopher Middleton as

The Quest for Christa T.

(1970), is still considered a landmark text of East German literature and one of the author’s most important works of fiction. Following her debut with

Moskauer Novelle

(Moscow Novella, 1961) and her 1963 novel

Der geteilte Himmel

(translated as

TheDivided Heaven

by Joan Becker, 1965), which allegedly follows the tradition of

Ankunftsliteratur

(literature of arrival),

Nachdenken über Christa T.

is said to be Wolf’s first book to break with this tradition. It is often considered a literary breakthrough (Sabine Wilke terms it a “Durchbruchserzählung”, literally a “breakthrough narrative” (23)) and “thought of as the first GDR novel…

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Citation: Klocke, Sonja. "Nachdenken über Christa T". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 April 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=22571, accessed 20 April 2024.]

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