Quotes by Christa Wolf

"Between killing and dying there's a third way: live"

"Denn ich ohne Bücher bin nicht ich."

"Every system of power in the world has a vested interest in weakening the individuality of its subjects and tries to weaken or it possible completely extinguish it."

"كلّ واحد يُعاقَب عبر حواسه الأشدّ إيلاماً"

"The real question is: How sturdy and solid is the floor our civilization stands on? How many lives with no prospects, shattered and senseless, can it bear the weight of before it cracks somewhere or other, splits at the joints?"


Books by Christa Wolf

  • Medea
  • 2,316 ratings
  • March 17th 1998 by Nan A. Talese

    (first published 1996)

  • Transito
  • 1,744 ratings
  • 1995 by e/o

    (first published 1944)

  • Der geteilte Himmel
  • 1,182 ratings
  • January 1st 1994 by Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

    (first published 1963)

  • No Place on Earth
  • 401 ratings
  • September 1st 1983 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    (first published 1979)

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Christa Wolf
  • Christa Wolf

  • Date of birth: March 18, 1929
  • Died: December 01, 2011
  • Born: in Landsberg, Germany.

  • Description: Novelist, short-story writer, essayist, critic, journalist, and film dramatist Christa Wolf was a citizen of East Germany and a committed socialist, and managed to keep a critical distance from the communist regime. Her best-known novels included “Der geteilte Himmel” (“Divided Heaven,” 1963), addressing the divisions of Germany, and “Kassandra” (“Cassandra,” 1983), which depicted the Trojan War.

    She won awards in East Germany and West Germany for her work, including the Thomas Mann Prize in 2010. The jury praised her life’s work for “critically questioning the hopes and errors of her time, and portraying them with deep moral seriousness and narrative power.”

    Christa Ihlenfeld was born March 18, 1929, in Landsberg an der Warthe, a part of Germany that is now in Poland. She moved to East Germany in 1945 and joined the Socialist Unity Party in 1949. She studied German literature in Jena and Leipzig and became a publisher and editor.

    In 1951, she married Gerhard Wolf, an essayist. They had two children. Christa Wolf died in December 2011.

    (Bloomberg News)