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  • ISBN 0374239886
  • ISBN13 978-0374239886
  • Language English
  • Author Christa Wolf
  • Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1971)
  • Pages 185
  • Formats lit doc docx azw
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Genre Fiction
  • Size ePub 1236 kb
  • Size Fb2 1833 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 681


Christa Wolf (1929–2011) was one of the most celebrated German writers of the twentieth century. "The Quest for Christa . is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book

Christa Wolf (1929–2011) was one of the most celebrated German writers of the twentieth century. Wolf was a central figure in East German literature and politics, and is the author of many books, including the novels The Quest for Christa . Patterns of Childhood, and Cassandra. is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. It is a story of the life and death of an introspective young woman growing up in Nazi Germany, dying at age 31 in Communist East Germany. Nachdenken Uber Christa . was banned in East Germany in 1968, a year in which the Western world was exuberantly practing its freedom of speech and right to protest.

The Quest for Christa T. (Nachdenken über Christa . is a 1968 novel by German writer Christa Wolf that follows two childhood friends from the second World War into the 1960s in East Germany. Stylistically it demonstrates a subjectivist experimentation in prose characteristic of GDR literature of the 1960s. According to the 2013 exhibition "David Bowie Is," the novel was one of David Bowie's 100 favourite books. book. It is a courageous book that breaks taboos and, as we have come to expect from Christa Wolf, it is infused with an integrity and a deep moral concern. When The Quest for Christa T. was first published in East. The (London) Times Literary Supplement.

Christa Wolf; Translated by Christopher Middleton. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. was first published in East Germany ten years ago, there was an immediate storm: bookshops in East Berlin were given instructions to sell it only to well-known customers professionally involved in literary matters; at the annual meeting of East German Writers Conference, Mrs Wolf's new book was condemmed. Yet the novel has nothing eplicity to do with politics. It is a courageous boot that breaks taboos and, as we have come to expect from Christa Wolf, it is infused with an integrity and a deep moral concern.

Wolf was a central figure in East German literature and politics, and is the author of many books, including the novels The Quest for Christa .

Christa Wolf lived through momentous change in 20th century Germany. But Wolf’s claim to fame began to show cracks five years later with the publication of her second novel, The Quest for Christa T. (Nachdenken über Christa T, 1968)

Christa Wolf lived through momentous change in 20th century Germany. Her books reveal her relationship with socialism, democracy and political history. (Nachdenken über Christa T, 1968). Throughout the text, the issue of how the self fits in with the socialist ideal of the collective is brought up. In her novel, Wolf oscillates between the individual self and the larger group, alluding to the potential flaw of this relationship: Christa . the enigmatic eponymous character, is neither part of the group nor a complete individual, as she eludes social conformity.

Complete summary of Christa Wolf's The Quest for Christa . .It would appear that Christa lived an average and unsuspecting life. She survived the war and then went on to pursue love and education

Complete summary of Christa Wolf's The Quest for Christa .eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Quest for Christa . She survived the war and then went on to pursue love and education. She graduated and had multiple boyfriends. Eventually, she settled down and had children. However, her close friendship with the narrator brings us a closer look at her life. Christa was working hard to make a name for herself. She says that she wants to see life in all its colors. The narrator aims to respect Christa’s wishes by keeping the memory of her alive. (1968) A novel by Christa Wolf. Genre: Literary Fiction. Similar books by other authors. I want to read this book. Patterns of Childhood by Christa Wolf. Patterns of Childhood, originally published as Kindheitsmuster in German, is a book written by Christa Wolf and published in 1976.

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"The Quest for Christa T." is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. It is a story of the life and death of an introspective young woman growing up in Nazi Germany, dying at age 31 in Communist East Germany.

"Nachdenken Uber Christa T." was banned in East Germany in 1968, a year in which the Western world was exuberantly practing its freedom of speech and right to protest. It easy for Westerners, accustomed to wallowing in and abusing our own freedom of speech, to miss the significance of the civil courage, the daring and the bravery involved in writing and publishing a first-hand account of life in a repressive society.

Why ban this book?

It spoke truth to power.

"... [Christa T.] had lost the capacity to live in a state of rapture. The vehement overplayed words, the waving banners, the deafening songs, the hands clapping rhythms over our heads. She felt how words begin to change when they aren't being tossed out any more by belief and ineptitude and excessive zeal but by calculation, craftiness, the urge to adapt and conform. Our words, not even false ones--how easy it would be if they were!--but the person speaking them has become a different person. Does that change everything?" [pg 56]

Why write this book?

Growing up in the Nazi Regime, life seemed normal to a child who had known no other way of existence.

"Useless to pretend it's for [Christa's] sake. Once and for all, she doesn't need us. So we should be certain of one thing: that it's for our sake. Because it seems we need her." [pg 5]

"There are scars which only give pain when one has to go on growing. Should one keep quiet because one's afraid of the pain?"

Why read this book?

"Quest for Christa T." is poignant, historically-accurate, and a compelling read.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, DE

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For Christa Wolf's own thoughts on this book visit Signandsight.com -Let's Talk European. In this 2005 interview Wolf said: "The sentence "When, if not now" is the compressed expression of the knowledge that every day is precious. It colours the entire book, which I wrote after the death of my close friend."

For a website of related interest see: opendemocracy.net

See also "Patterns of Childhood" by Christa Wolf which has some of the same characters, including Christa's creepy classmate, Horst Binder.
MrDog
The book is choppy and vague. The point is well hidden (at least from my eyes) but my wife says it's a good story about the independence of Christa in the DDR
Gir
Having thought more about this novel - The Quest for Christa T. in English - I have revised my overall assessment more positively. Still, I am in two minds about it: taking this as a novel written in 1968 by a young author living in East Germany, in what was then The German Democratic Republic (GDR) or reading it independently from this particular context like a work of literature. In the second case, the novel's story would leave me modestly interested while I would find the author's writing style and language too intricate and cumbersome to enjoy. But, I can't really read this novel outside its historical context. And for that time and place, Christa Wolf's 'reflections' (a better terms than 'quest' I believe) on Christa T. was a politically brave and literary innovative novel to say the least. Deservedly, the book established the author's reputation both in East Germany and elsewhere.

What is it all about? In general terms, the novel is a coming of age story, painting a detailed portrait of a young woman, Christa T., as compiled from letters, diaries and other papers by a lifelong friend of the same age group. The group of friends at the centre of the book were born in the last years of the Nazi regime and grew up in the first decades of new East German State. Christa T. stood out among the group not only for her beauty and intelligence but, even more importantly, for her independent spirit. We know early on that she dies in her mid-thirties from leukemia, leaving husband and three children behind... and massive amounts of notes and other materials that her unnamed friend tries to bring together into a kind of cohesive story. The narrative, however, does not follow any chronological order, the voices switch from the narrator to Christa T. who herself is telling part of her story that is then re-told by the narrator. I have to admit that, reading it in German was at times a challenge, requiring patience and total concentration even by a parent-tongue German.

The most interesting aspect of the novel, given its time of writing, was for me the more philosophical and political undercurrent of Wolf's story. Through Christa T. herself and the narrator, Wolf touches on or even delves into pertinent questions of identity and individualism in the face of the required "Anpassung" (adaptation), imposed by the school and the political system in general of East Germany in the nineteen sixties. How can one maintain a sense of freedom while benefiting from the opportunities offered by the State for those who are actively participating in the society? In that sense, Wolf not only created a portrait of one individual but one of a whole generation. A generation that tried, while adapting as much as necessary, fought for its one space of independence and individuality.
Malien
Christa T. is the story of a woman growing up in post-war East-Germany - under Communist rule. She is not openly hostile to the regime, but she is a woman who does not fit in, a dreamer and a romantic. Her life is not outwardly dramatic: She reads literature at university, works as a teacher, marries a vet and lives far away from the big city, but this intensely private life was in itself an act of rebellion in a country which wanted fervent supporters of Communist doctrine, and which expected writers to celebrate tough workmen. Christa T. is also the story of a woman trying to find the words to write about another woman's life, and this is "The Quest for Christa T." - Christa Wolf ranks among the best authors now writing in German, and the quiet tragedy of Christa T. is one of her most moving books.
Global Progression
This is a difficult book to describe. The author is writing about the life of a woman she knew who is destroyed by life under the communist regime in East Germany. It speaks to the reader about the dangers of totalitarianism, the freedom and beauty of the human spirit, and about relationships. The relationship between the author and the title character is in itself interesting. She is trying to keep the memory of Christa alive, and yet the author seems to say at times that she doesn't know if she even really knew Christa. As usual, this novel has alot of Wolf's brilliant examinations of the nature of memory -- memory is a recurring theme in all her novels. Wolf's gifts for language, imagery, and insight are stunning. The translation is well done. This is one of the best books I've ever read. I highly reccommend it.