Christa Wolf

1929 - 2011

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Christa Wolf (German: [ˈkʁɪs.ta vɔlf] ; née Ihlenfeld; 18 March 1929 – 1 December 2011) was a German novelist and essayist. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christa Wolf has received more than 276,872 page views. Her biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Christa Wolf is the 750th most popular writer (down from 735th in 2019), the 159th most popular biography from Poland (down from 153rd in 2019) and the 14th most popular Polish Writer.

Christa Wolf is most famous for her novel "The Quest for Christa T."

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Notable Works

Der geteilte Himmel
Short stories
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
German fiction
This novel is a testament of what seemed at the time a fairly ordinary childhood, in the bosom of a normal Nazi family in Landsberg. Other work by the author includes The Quest for Christa and No Place on Earth .
Nachdenken über Christa T
Kein Ort, nirgends
Dramatizes a hypothetical meeting between two early-nineteenth-century German poets, who later both committed suicide


Among writers, Christa Wolf ranks 750 out of 7,302Before her are Theognis of Megara, A. J. Cronin, Felix Salten, Sven Hassel, Taha Hussein, and Aelius Donatus. After her are Clemens Brentano, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, Ulrich von Hutten, Antonio Machado, and Jean Anouilh.

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Among people born in 1929, Christa Wolf ranks 50Before her are Milorad Pavić, Helmut Rahn, Eric Kandel, Werner Arber, Bill Evans, and Zoltán Czibor. After her are Yevgeny Primakov, Gudrun Burwitz, Karolos Papoulias, Günter Schabowski, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Murray Gell-Mann. Among people deceased in 2011, Christa Wolf ranks 32Before her are Burhanuddin Rabbani, Jane Russell, Gary Moore, John McCarthy, Manfred Gerlach, and Necmettin Erbakan. After her are Ralph M. Steinman, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., Herbert A. Hauptman, Ernesto Sabato, Lynn Margulis, and Jorge Semprún.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Christa Wolf ranks 159 out of 1,694Before her are Miroslav Klose (1978), Ignacy Mościcki (1867), Arthur Liebehenschel (1901), Rochus Misch (1917), Erich Mendelsohn (1887), and Maxim Litvinov (1876). After her are William I of Württemberg (1781), Hermann Balck (1893), Georg Michaelis (1857), Robert Lewandowski (1988), Witold Lutosławski (1913), and Bolesław Bierut (1892).

Among WRITERS In Poland

Among writers born in Poland, Christa Wolf ranks 14Before her are Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), Władysław Reymont (1867), Osip Mandelstam (1891), Olga Tokarczuk (1962), Alfred Döblin (1878), and Witold Gombrowicz (1904). After her are Jan Potocki (1761), Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788), B. Traven (1882), Johanna Schopenhauer (1766), Emil Ludwig (1881), and Ernst Toller (1893).