They Divided the Sky by Christa Wolf. The Bridge associated with Golden Horn by Emine Sevgi Ozdamar

They Divided the Sky by Christa Wolf. The Bridge associated with Golden Horn by Emine Sevgi Ozdamar

A audience of western Berliners collect during the Berlin Wall while a east german soldier patrols on the other hand, August 1961. Photograph: Paul Schutzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Graphics

This 1963 first novel founded Wolf’s reputation in east literature that is german. Set during 1961, whenever construction regarding the Berlin Wall started, the story is situated around two enthusiasts separated by it: Rita Seidel, a lady inside her very early 20s whom, such as the journalist, generally speaking supports the values associated with the “antifascist” GDR, and Manfred Herrfurth, a chemist who settles when you look at the west. The book is saturated with the atmosphere of the newly partitioned city although the Wall is not specifically mentioned in the novel. Though Wolf would carry on to publish works which were far more critical for the regime, They Divided the Sky does not shy far from exposing the cracks and corruption into the communist system.

A road in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Photograph: Claire Carrion/Alamy

The 2nd guide of the trilogy by Turkish-German journalist, star and manager Sevgi Ozdamar, this work that is semi-autobiographical at life in Germany through the viewpoint of the teenage gastarbeiter (guest worker) within the 1960s and 70s. Continue reading