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City of Angels free pdf The stunning final novel from East Germany's most acclaimed writer

Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the writer Christa Wolf was granted access to her newly declassified Stasi files. Known for her defiance and outspokenness, Wolf was not especially surprised to discover forty-two volumes of documents produced by the East German secret police. But what was surprising was a thin green folder whose contents told an unfamiliar--and disturbing--story: in the early 1960s, Wolf herself had been an informant for the Communist government. And yet, thirty years on, she had absolutely no recollection of it.

Wolf's extraordinary autobiographical final novel is an account of what it was like to reckon with such a shocking discovery. Based on the year she spent in Los Angeles after these explosive revelations, "City of Angels" is at once a powerful examination of memory and a surprisingly funny and touching exploration of L.A., a city strikingly different from any Wolf had ever visited.

Even as she reflects on the burdens of twentieth-century history, Wolf describes the pleasures of driving a Geo Metro down Wilshire Boulevard and watching episodes of "Star Trek "late at night. Rich with philosophical insights, personal revelations, and vivid descriptions of a diverse city and its citizens, "City of Angels" is a profoundly humane and disarmingly honest novel--and a powerful conclusion to a remarkable career in letters.

About Christa Wolf

Christa Wolf (1921 2011) was one of the most celebrated German writers of the postwar era. A central figure in East German literature and politics, she was arguably the foremost German-German writer, awarded major literature prizes in East, West, and reunified Germany. Her wide-ranging work nonfiction, fiction, and hybrids of the two is marked throughout by rigorous self-examination, political engagement, and committed feminism. Her most important reexaminations of the cultural past and personal memory include "Cassandra," a crucial text for Western feminists and a secret social critique for her readers in the East- "Patterns of Childhood," a groundbreaking reflection on growing up in Nazi Germany- and "City of Angels," a sequel of sorts to "Patterns of Childhood" that takes place after the fall of the Berlin Wall."

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Author : Christa Wolf
Publisher : Farrar Straus Giroux
Data Published : 18 February 2014
ISBN : 0374534292
EAN : 9780374534295
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 336 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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