Christa Wolf August (The German List)

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August (The German List)

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Christa Wolf was arguably the best-known and most influential writer in the former East Germany. Having grown up during the Nazi regime, she and her family were forced to flee their home like many others, nearly starving to death in the process. Her earliest novels were controversial because they contained veiled criticisms of the Communist regime which landed her on government watch lists. Her past continued to permeate her work and her life, as she said, You can only fight sorrow when you look it in the eye.”

August is Christa Wolf’s last piece of fiction, written in a single sitting as an anniversary gift to her husband. In it, she revisits her stay at a tuberculosis hospital in the winter of 1946, a real life event that was the inspiration for the closing scenes of her 1976 novel Patterns of Childhood. This time, however, her fictional perspective is very different. The story unfolds through the eyes of August, a young patient who has lost both his parents to the war. He adores an older girl, Lilo, a rebellious teenager who controls the wards. Sixty years later, August reflects on his life and the things that she taught him.

Written in taut, affectionate prose, August offers a new entry into Christa Wolf’s work and, incidentally, her first and only male protagonist. More than a literary artifact, this new novel is a perfectly constructed story of a quiet life well lived. For both August and Christa Wolf, the past never dies.

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About the Author:

Christa Wolf’s (1929-2011) other works include the ground-breaking Cassandra, Patterns of Childhood and The Quest for Christa T. She has been awarded many prizes, among them the Büchner Prize of the German Academy of Language and Poetry the Austrian State Prize for European Literature and the Geschwister Scholl Prize of the city of Munich. Katy Derbyshire is a London-born translator who has lived in Berlin for many years. Her translations of Inka Parei’s Shadow-Boxing Woman and What Darkness Was, and Dorothee Elmiger’s Invitation to the Bold of Heart are also published by Seagull Books

Review:

"The story is only about thirty pages long but one of the most beautiful Christa Wolf has ever written."
(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

"Wolf directs the reader between the book’s two time periods [with] no space, no signal nor set-up, August’s mind simply glides from one to the other, sometimes even mid-thought. But this feels wonderfully true-to-life. The thresholds between the past and the present are never fixed, and the self is a constant time-traveler." (Necessary Fiction)

“Wolf’s final story tenderly relays the uplifting power of memory in the face of impending death and sorrow. A story within a story, the narrative’s circular nature demonstrates that our connections with others transcend our own mortality.” (World Literature Today)

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