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Wolf Christa 1929- German novelist and essayist known for her novels about Germany during World War II 1939-1945 Born Christa Ihlenfeld in Landsberg an der Warthe now Gorzw Wielkopolski Poland she studied at the Universities of Leipzig and Jena from 1949 to 1953 In 1951 she married writer Gerhard Wolf After graduating she worked as a publishers reader and an editor until 1962 when she became a full-time writer Her first successful novel Der geteilte Himmel 1963 translated as The Divided Heaven 1965 describes a relationship between a man who leaves the German Democratic Republic GDR or East Germany and a woman who stays Two of her later novels Nachdenken ber Christa T 1969 The Quest for Christa T 1971 and Kindheitsmuster 1976 A Model Childhood 1982 examine the final years of World War II and the early development of the GDR The first of these novels describes the life of a woman and her early death from leukemia which is described as a psychosomatic response to circumstances in her life that are subtly tied to the social constraints upon individuals in the newly formed GDR The second novel is strongly autobiographical and combines references to actual events with a description of life in a conformist provincial town Wolf was a member of the ruling Socialist Unity Party of the GDR until the party disintegrated in 1989 She was however removed from the East Berlin committee of the GDR Writers Union in 1976 after joining in protest against the withdrawal of citizenship from dissident singer Wolf Biermann Wolfs controversial novel Was bleibt What Remains and Other Stories 1995 written in 1979 but not published until 1990 includes an account of being under surveillance by the Stasi the GDRs security service In Auf dem Weg nach Tabou 1994 Parting from Phantoms 1997 a collection of essays letters and interviews she reflected on German society after the reunification of East and West Germany and on
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