On the Occasion of Christa Wolf's 90th Birthday


Christa Wolf, one of the most important German-language authors of the 20th century, would have been celebrating her 90th birthday on March 18, 2019.

Christa Wolf, born in Landsberg/Warthe in 1929, lived in Berlin and Woserin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and began her literary oeuvre while finishing her university degree in the former GDR. Her life, closely intertwined with the historical events of her time, made her one of the most important role models for women in both East and West Germany.

Christa Wolf garnered international fame with her brave texts and significant reflections on the political situation in the GDR. Christa Wolf received numerous awards for her works, including the Georg-Büchner-Prize and the Uwe-Johnson-Prize. In addition, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Ohio State University, Columbus, and was a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin, of P.E.N. as well as the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Paris.

Her works have been translated in all languages around the globe and her complete works are available from Suhrkamp Verlag, among them the momentous novels Patterns of Childhood (1976) and City of Angels or The Overcoat of Dr. Freud (2010).