Christa Wolf

It’s Quite Comfortable Being Caught in the Middle - Letters 1952-2011

Christa Wolf
Foto: Christa Wolf
© Susanne Schleyer

Christa Wolf, born in Landsberg/Warthe (Gorzów Wielkopolski) in 1929, passed away in Berlin in 2011. Her work has been awarded numerous awards, including the Georg Büchner-, Thomas-Mann- and Uwe-Johnson Literary Awards.

Christa Wolf’s works are translated into 40 languages and include:

Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud (2010)
Mit anderem Blick. Erzählungen (2005)
Ein Tag im Jahr. 1960-2000 (2003)
Leibhaftig. Erzählung (2002)
Was bleibt. Erzählung (1990)
Sommerstück (1989)
Störfall. Nachrichten eines Tages (1987)
Die Dimension des Autors. Essays und Aufsätze, Reden und Gespräche 1959-1985 (1986)
Kassandra. Erzählung (1983)
Kein Ort Nirgends (1979)
Kindheitsmuster (1976)
Nachdenken über Christa T. (1968)
Der geteilte Himmel. Erzählung (1963)

Rights available


»Mail, mail, mail«. This cri de cœur, jotted down in the calendar underneath the date of Sunday, 4th of March 1990, is not unfounded: Christa Wolf was a tremendously productive correspondent. Her letters to relatives and friends, colleagues, editors, politicians and journalists provide a fascinating insight into her thoughts, her writing process and her social engagement. Whether she writes to Günter Grass or Max Frisch, demands to get access to her Stasi-files from Joachim Gauck or leads exchanges with friends like Sarah Kirsch and Maxie Wander, we bear witness to friendships and rifts, disputes and approval and to the reflections of one of the most important authors of the 20th century.

»Dear Mr. Schubert,

I have never heard of anyone soliciting a decision on whether or not they should become a writer by means of some sort of circular letter. My answer is short and concise: if you are able to endure a life without writing, you’d best become a teacher.

Best regards,
Christa Wolf«

Other publications

Nachruf auf Lebende. Die Flucht/Obituary for the Living (2014)

Sold to:

English world rights (Seagull), Italy (Edizioni e/o)

Ein Tag im Jahr im neuen Jahrhundert/One Day a Year (2013)

Sold to:

English world rights (Seagull), France (Seuil), Japan (Dogakusha)

August/August (2012)

Sold to:

English world rights (Seagull), Brazilian Portuguese rights digital (Jaguatrica), France (Christian Bourgois), Italy (e/o), Estonia (Loomingu Raamatukogu), Slovenia (Modrijan)

Stadt der Engel/City of Angels or The Overcoat of Dr. Freud (2010)

Sold to:

English world rights (FSG), Spanish world rights (Alianza), Chinese simplex rights (People’s Literature Publishing House), Russia (AST), Arabic world rights (Al Kamel), France (Seuil), Italy (e/o), Netherlands (van Gennep), Denmark (Vandkunsten), Sweden (Norstedts), Norway (Gyldendal Norsk), Korea (Munhakdongne), Hungary (Kalligram), Bulgaria (Lettera), Romania (Univers), Lithuania (Mintis), Serbia (Albatros), Turkey (Kirmizi Kedi), Greece (Kastaniotis), Macedonia (Blesok), Albania (Santori), Azerbaijan (Alatoran), Israel (Hakibbutz Hameuchad)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Book Club (Der Club Bertelsmann)

Mit anderem Blick/Another view (2005)

Sold to:

Spain (Circula De Lectores - published, rights reverted), Italy (Edizioni E/O - published, rights reverted), Greece (Kastaniotis)

Kindheitsmuster/Patterns of Childhood (1976)

Sold to:

USA (FSG), UK (Virago), Spanish world rights (Galaxia Gutenberg), Chinese simplex rights (Chunfeng Literature), Russia (Prawda), Arabic world rights (Kanaan), France (Stock), Italy (e/o), Netherlands (Van Gennep), Sweden (Norstedts), Japan (Kobunsha), Poland (Czytelnik), Czech Republic (Odeon), Slovakia (Smena), Hungary (Magvetö), Romania (Univers), Estonia (Eesti Raamat), Serbia (Svetlost), Greece (University Studio Press)