Cassandra by Christa Wolf

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Wolf's searing identification with her protagonist is made explicit in the novel's opening passage where the reader witnesses the merging of the author's voice with Cassandra's. The book was written from within a repressive regime...
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Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy, is endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed. After ten years of brutal war, Troy has fallen to the Greek army, and Cassandra is now a prisoner of war, shackled outside the gates of a foreign fortress, Agamemnon's Mycenae. Through memories of her childhood and reflections on the long years of conflict, Cassandra pieces together the legendary fall of her city. A woman living in an age of heroes, Cassandra reveals the untold personal story that has been lost among the triumphs of Achilles and Hector.
 

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In 1980 East German author Christa Wolf took a trip to Greece accompanied by her husband, Gerhard. In 1982 she was awarded a guest lectureship at the University of Frankfurt, where in May she delivered a series of five "Lectures on Poetics" relating to her Greek travels and studies. The fifth "lecture" was ad raft of the novel "Cassandra," which she then revised and expanded for publication. The four introductory lectures were published separately in Germany under the title "Conditions of a Narrative: Cassandra; The Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics "("Voraussetzungen einer Erzahlung: Kassandra"). This volume presents the novel first, followed by its companion lectures, which illuminate its background and implications.
 
Published March 1, 2013 by Daunt Books. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Mar 29 2013

Wolf's searing identification with her protagonist is made explicit in the novel's opening passage where the reader witnesses the merging of the author's voice with Cassandra's. The book was written from within a repressive regime...

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