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

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

A audience of West Berliners collect during the Berlin Wall while an east soldier that is german on the reverse side, August 1961. Photograph: Paul Schutzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Graphics

This 1963 debut novel founded Wolf’s reputation in eastern German literary works. Set during 1961, whenever construction regarding the Berlin Wall started, the story is dependent around two enthusiasts divided by it: Rita Seidel, a female inside her very early 20s whom, such as the author, generally speaking supports the values regarding the “antifascist” GDR, and Manfred Herrfurth, a chemist whom settles within the western.…