Christa Wolf   What Remains & Other Stories.
Translated from the German by Heike Schwarzbauer & Rick Takvorian.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 295 pages, $25

The Author’s Dimension: Selected Essays.
Translated from the German by Jan van Heurck.
Edited by Alexander Stephan.
Introduction by Grace Paley.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 336 pages, $27.50

reviewed by Tess Lewis

The law of chaos is the law of ideas, Of improvisations and seasons of belief.
—Wallace Stevens

Long considered one of Germany’s most important contemporary writers, the novelist and critic Christa Wolf has been showered with literary prizes on both sides of the Wall. The Marxist utopianism, moral agonizing, intense self-scrutiny, and warnings of ecological apocalypse in her fiction gradually earned her an international cult-like...


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