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Wolf, Christa Ihlenfeld

Born: 1929 AD
Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
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1929 – Christa Ihlenfeld Wolf, born on the 18th of March in Landsberg an der Warthe, then in Germany. She is one of the best-known writers to emerge from the former East Germany. She is a literary critic, novelist, and essayist.

1945 – She and her family were expelled from her home across the new Oder River border and they settled in Mecklenburg, in what would become East Germany.

1949 – She joined the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.

1959 – 1961 – She had worked as an informant (Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter).

1963 – Her breakthrough as a writer came with the publishing of Der geteilte Himmel (Divided Heaven).

       – Received the Heinrich Mann Prize.

1980 – Given the Georg Büchner Prize.

1983 – Kassandra is perhaps her most important book, re-interpreting the battle of Troy as a war for economic power and a shift from a matriarchal to a patriarchal society.

       – Received the Schiller Memorial Prize.

1990 – Was bleibt (What Remains), describing her life under Stasi surveillance.

1997 – Auf dem Weg nach Tabou (translated as Parting from Phantoms) gathers essays, speeches, and letters written during the four years following the reunification of Germany.

2003 – Her latest work, Leibhaftig, describes a woman struggling with life and death in an 80s East-German hospital waiting for medicine from the West. Central themes in her work are German fascism, humanity, feminism, and self-discovery.

2.2 (44%) 10 votes