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Born March 18, 1929, in Landsberg. German writer (German Democratic Republic [GDR]).
Wolf studied German philology at Jena and Leipzig. In 1961 her work Moscow Novella was published. In the novel The Divided Sky (1963; Russian translation, 1964), Wolf writes of the complicated process of establishing socialist relations and morals in the GDR when there are two German states. The novella Meditations About Christa T. (1968), which is devoted to the problems of the contemporary intelligentsia, gave rise to disputes in the press. Wolfs prose is distinguished by deep psychologism in the portrayal of characters and sharp descriptions of social problems. She is also a literary critic and scriptwriter. Wolf was awarded the Heinrich Mann Prize (1963) and the National Prize of the GDR (1964).
WORKS“Blickwechsel.” In Der erste Augenblick der Freiheit. Rostock, 1970.
REFERENCESSimonian, L. “Liudi i Knigi.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1964, no. 1.
Klein, A. “Potrebnost’ v schast’e.” Voprosy literatury, 1965, no. 12.
Kharlap, L. “O tom, kak nakhodiat sebia.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1968, no. 10.
Schlenstedt, D. “Motive und Symbole in Christa Wolfs Erzahlung Der geteilte Himmel.” Weimarer Beiträge, 1964, no. 1.
Kähler, H. “Christa Wolf Elegie.” Sinn und Form, 1969, no. 1.
A. V. KAREL’SKII