What Remains and Other Stories by Christa Wolf

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What Remains collects Christa Wolf's short fiction, from early work in the sixties to the widely debated title story, first published in Germany in 1990. Addressing a wide range of topics, from sexual politics to the nature of memory, these powerful and often very personal stories offer a fascinating introduction to Wolf's work.
What Remains and Other Stories . . . is clear and farsighted. The eight heartfelt stories in the book show why she has been respected as a serious author since her 1968 novel, The Quest for Christa T. . . . Wolf uses her own experiences and observations to create universal themes about the controls upon human freedom.--Herbert Mitgang, New York Times
Christa Wolf has set herself nothing less than the task of exploring what it is to be a conscious human being alive in a moment of history.--Mary Gordon, New York Times Book Review
The simultaneous publication of these two volumes offers readers here a generous sampling of the short fiction, speeches and essays that Wolf has produced over the last three decades.--Mark Harman, Boston Globe


About Christa Wolf

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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 April 1, 1993 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T). 295 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But only the first memoir--""Exchanging Glances"" (Wolf and her German family futilely trying to keep a step ahead of the conquering Russian army at the end of WW II)--and the title novella allow a real focus to emerge, allow for a subject centered enough to be treated with immediacy, as well as ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Eminent German writer Wolf displays her versatility and sharp talent for social and political commentary in these eight short fictions. Echoes of Germany's Nazi past erupt unpredictably in the Kafkaes

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Publishers Weekly

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The parable ``A Little Outing to H.'' describes Hero Town, where ordinary residents wear orange badges inscribed with the letter P (for Person), while townsfolk who wear no badges are Heroes, a superior breed.

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London Review of Books

Did she appreciate – or even share – ‘the fury of disappearance’, in a phrase of Enzensberger’s?

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