They Divided the Sky: A Novel Christa Wolf
  • Title: They Divided the Sky: A Novel
  • Author: Christa Wolf
  • ISBN: 9780776607870
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • They Divided the Sky: A Novel Christa Wolf They Divided the Sky A Novel First published in in East Germany They Divided the Sky tells the story of a young couple living in the new socialist East Germany whose relationship is tested to the extreme not only becau
    First published in 1963, in East Germany, They Divided the Sky tells the story of a young couple, living in the new, socialist, East Germany, whose relationship is tested to the extreme not only because of the political positions they gradually develop but, very concretely, by the Berlin Wall, which went up on August 13, 1961.The story is set in 1960 and 1961, a moment oFirst published in 1963, in East Germany, They Divided the Sky tells the story of a young couple, living in the new, socialist, East Germany, whose relationship is tested to the extreme not only because of the political positions they gradually develop but, very concretely, by the Berlin Wall, which went up on August 13, 1961.The story is set in 1960 and 1961, a moment of high political cold war tension between the East Bloc and the West, a time when many thousands of people were leaving the young German Democratic Republic the GDR every day in order to seek better lives in West Germany, or escape the political ideology of the new country that promoted the farmer and peasant state over a state run by intellectuals or capitalists The construction of the Wall put an end to this hemorrhaging of human capital, but separated families, friends, and lovers, for thirty years.The conflicts of the time permeate the relations between characters in the book at every level, and strongly affect the relationships that Rita, the protagonist, has not only with colleagues at work and at the teacher s college she attends, but also with her partner Manfred an intellectual and academic and his family They also lead to an accident attempted suicide that send her to hospital in a coma, and that provide the backdrop for the flashbacks that make up the narrative.Wolf s first full length novel, published when she was thirty five years old, was both a great literary success and a political scandal Accused of having a decadent attitude with regard to the new socialist Germany and deliberately misrepresenting the workers who are the foundation of this new state, Wolf survived a wave of political and other attacks after its publication She went on to create a screenplay from the novel and participate in making the film version More importantly, she went on to become the best known East German writer of her generation, a writer who established an international reputation and never stopped working toward improving the socialist reality of the GDR.
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    1. A citizen of East Germany and a committed socialist, Mrs Wolf 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 Bloomberg News


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    1. In a divided country, heaven is split in two just as hearts, families, friends and lovers are marked by the Berlin Wall built in the heads of people long before it is physically put in place to illustrate the failure of a people This is a strong contender for the saddest love story I have ever read love for home, love for another person, love for ideas, love for life Do I have to mention the loving heart is broken in so many places it is impossible to mend it Do I have to mention there is no cur [...]

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    2. There was a moment while reading this when I thought how fascinating it would have been had Christa Wolf stepped out of her narrative and related in a mirror narrative how difficult it is to write a novel when you live in a repressive regime that will inevitably censor your work Unfortunately, she didn t and what we get is a politicised love story whose pro state propaganda reeks of fawning insincerity Repressive regimes might provide inspiration in abundance but what artist would choose to live [...]

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    3. Quando i romanzi scatenavano grandi discussioni pubbliche con implicazioni politiche il primo romanzo di Christa Wolf, uscito nel 1963 ma ambientato due anni prima, quando iniziava la costruzione del Muro di Berlino fu subito molto apprezzato e discusso, e presto divent un film, diretto da Konrad Wolf, premiato nella Repubblica democratica tedesca Come dice Maria Teresa Mandalari nella postfazione l autrice e la protagonista respingono il relativismo morale, il lassismo edonistico, il fariseismo [...]

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    4. Non l a, ma i suoi dintorni.Scriveva Pessoa Non l a, ma i suoi dintorni valgono la pena La sublimazione dell a illumina i suoi fenomeni con maggiore chiarezza della stessa esperienza Ci sono verginit di grande comprensione Agire compensa ma confonde Possedere significa essere posseduto e dunque perdersi Soltanto l idea raggiunge, senza sciuparsi, la conoscenza della realt.Dunque si ama, ma a volte impossibile amare, si incapaci di agire Scrive bene Pessoa soltanto l idea raggiunge , ma la realt [...]

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    5. EDIT Scroll for my review Neil MacGregor picks up on this book in his great monography Germany Memories of a Nation Der geteilte Himmel Divided Heaven , written by the East German novelist Christa Wolf, was published in 1963, two years after the Berlin Wall went up It made Christa Wolf s reputation, and has long been seen as the most thoughtful, poignant account of the diversity of the two Germanys as seen from the East It tells the story of Rita and Manfred, young lovers living in the East befo [...]

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    6. Proprio sopra di loro scorreva, in senso obliquo rispetto alla piazza, la linea di confine tra il cielo notturno e diurno Velami di nubi passavano dalla met gi grigia e notturna del cielo a quella tuttora chiara che svaniva in colorazioni ultraterrestri Al di sotto o al di sopra c era una striscia di verde vitreo, e nei punti pi profondi persino tuttora azzurro Un tempo, le coppie d amanti prima di separarsi cercavano una stella, su cui i loro sguardi la sera potessero incontrarsi Che cosa dobbi [...]

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    7. Dieses Buch zieht sich wie Kaugummi W rde man es in eine Hausapotheke stellen, dann mit Sicherheit zu den Schlafmitteln.

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    8. Le roman proc de par mise en ab me, Rita coule des jours fragiles dans une maison de sant et se rem les v nements qui l ont conduite l Une jeune fille de village est recrut e par un vaillant sergent du nouveau r gime communiste pour devenir institutrice et dans le m me laps de temps rencontre Manfred, un jeune physicien avec qui a va tre le grand amour A la vie close de l innocence campagnarde succ dent la vie en ville et la participation la construction de la jeune Allemagne de l Est Au d but [...]

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    9. I just wrote a very wordy review, and it vanished Well then, in short This is Christa Wolf s first book, written in 1963.When it was published, it dealt with current affairs, as the story takes place shortly before the Berlin Wall is being built However, reading it 50 years later, the book feels very dated and stilted I thoroughly enjoyed some of her books, namely how Wolf has dug deeper and deeper into history with every new book she published Her memories about growing up in the 1930s 40s were [...]

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    10. This was lame af Can t believe I ve read this Would totally not recommend Too much plot that doesn t serve any purpose.

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    11. einfach total faszinierend

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    12. Una delicata storia d a ai tempi della DDR, con un lui apparentemente forte, scafato e sicuro di s , che finir per fuggire in occidente alla prima vera difficolt , e una lei apparentemente infantile e immatura, che invece si riveler fortissima nel superare qualsiasi problema, pur attraversando un tentativo di suicidio.E infatti, nonostante abbia la possibilit di fuggire anche lei in occidente, torna nella Germania dell est, a lottare per la produttivit coi suoi comagni di fabbrica, studiando con [...]

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    13. Feels like curling up on an armchair on a rainy day with a book in your lap This isn t like the other Christa Wolf novels I ve read it s less striking, less strange It s directly political and conventional You can kind of tell it s her first novel but not because it isn t good It s excellent The central relationship isn t the type that I would normally care about but I did care about it I don t know enough about the political climate she s working in to fully appreciate that aspect of the nove [...]

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    14. Recht einseitig, propagandistisch aber gut geschrieben im kargen Stil der Christa Wolf ohne ein Wort zuviel.

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    15. This probably needs to be read in the context of other works of German fiction both before and after the War On its own, I m not sure it would really engage someone coming from the outside But if you have some exposure to 20th century German fiction, then this is a wonderful piece of that puzzle It offers an intimate study of life behind the Iron Curtain at a sensitive time when the Berlin wall was being built I have to admit I found it hard to get into the book, but that s partly because the ce [...]

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    16. Christa Wolf writes Rita had already thought out for herself anything she might have learned from that dreaded meeting for which such careful preparations were made She acknowledged with a nod the criticism for cutting lectures and the young teachers announcement that she was to receive a reprimand After all, it was the least they could do in the face of Mangold s righteous indignation.Then Mangold got up and talked for a long time Rita barely listened to him, for she knew it all by heart She fe [...]

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    17. Entry from the publishers University of Ottawa Press DescriptionFirst published in 1963, in East Germany, They Divided the Sky tells the story of a young couple, living in the new, socialist, East Germany, whose relationship is tested to the extreme not only because of the political positions they gradually develop but, very concretely, by the Berlin Wall, which went up on August 13, 1961.The story is set in 1960 and 1961, a moment of high political cold war tension between the East Bloc and the [...]

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    18. This is a book very much situated in its historical time, and in fact dates are stated constantly throughout It never actually mentions the building of the Berlin Wall by name, but assumes that readers will know what the author is referring to when naming that date the first human space flight is described, however Apparently, in the summer of 61, people were quietly convinced that war would break out at any moment There seem to have been things going on within East Germany too, which I couldn t [...]

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    19. En The Divided Heaven, la novela de 1963 de Christa Wolf, un cl sico de la RDA sobre el impacto subjetivo de la divisi n de Alemania, Manfred que ha elegido Occidente le dice a Rita, su amor, cuando se encuentran por ltima vez Pero incluso si nuestra tierra est dividida, todav a compartimos el mismo cielo Rita que ha elegido permanecer en el Este replica amargamente No, primero dividieron el Cielo Aunque la novela disculpa al Este, ofrece una correcta perspectiva sobre c mo nuestras divisiones y [...]

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    20. Traduzione e postfazione di Maria Teresa Mandalari.Pubblicato per la prima volta in Germania nel 1963 copyright Edizioni e o 1983, 1996.Un romanzo bellissimo Poetico e toccante Due piani si intrecciano nella narrazione la storia d a di Rita e Manfred, nata all ombra del Muro e naufragata a causa della divisione delle due Germanie e le riflessioni e i ricordi di Rita, rimasta sola all Est, in sanatorio in seguito ad un infortunio Rita sceglie di vivere sola nella Germania Est piuttosto che seguir [...]

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    21. Also, ich fand es gro artig Vor allem f r die Sprache ich habe allerdings noch keine weiteren Christa Wolf B cher gelesen, die ja scheinbar immer besser werden sollen Dies ist ihr erstes und ich bin schon ganz begeistert.Mir sind DDR und Sozialismus nicht so fern, da meine Familie die DDR noch erlebt hat, meine Eltern und Gro eltern ganz selbstverst ndlich davon erz hlen Ich selbst bin 1987 geboren Ich kann mir aber vorstellen, dass es f r junge Leute aus ganz altbundesl ndischem Kontext wirklic [...]

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    22. Of ik in een vreemde wereld stapte waar ik niet alles begreep Het is vooral het wantrouwen tussen de mensen, het elkaar dwars zitten Er is goed en kwaad en dat maakt wat uit Als je ervan uitgaat dat wat je doet geen verschil maakt dan had ze bij haar Manfred kunnen blijven Rita hield vast aan haar idealen Zie ook het korte verhaal 29 september waarin ze kort beschrijft hoe het ontstaan van de roman haar bezighoudt en wat daarin voor haar belangrijk is.

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    23. A book written by an East German author well before the Wende discussing the human cost of the division of Germany Many people will not believe such a book could have been written I m a Wolf fan but find her work frighteningly difficult It s a book you ll put down several times before finally finishing it.

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    24. Non facile Piu di una storia d a, della crescita di una ragazza nella Germania Socialista a cavallo della costruzione del Muro, di una presa di coscienza, di una critica costruttiva ad un regime, di ideali e convinzioni che faticano a realizzarsi, di fallimenti, di risposte non torvate.

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    25. Of course I know that you can deceive yourself about many things and that you have to, in order to stay alive Least favourite work of German literature I read, which is disappointing because it was one that I was most excited for The fact that the story was told in both first person narrative and third was absolutely confusing to follow.

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    26. It was a bit Chinese to me typical Dutch expression to say I didn t understand it that well , but I liked it though I expected it to be boring, but it wasn t boring at all I especially liked the way Rita s feelings were described.

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    27. I read Der Geteilte Himmel in German Because of that it was really hard to understand when the different time jumps happen I think if I were to read it again I would be able to understand it a lot better.

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    28. threw some water on it accidently of course which makes it currently unsuitable for reading.

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    29. good story but sometimes hard to follow

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    30. ehmmm.t my kind of book

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