Modern Languages and Literatures, Department of


Date of this Version

October 1988


Published in German Studies Review, Vol. 11, No. 3. (Oct., 1988), p. 535. Copyright 1988 German Studies Association. Journal homepage:


Nachdenken über Christa T. is one of the most widely discussed novels in GDR literature, and a reviewer therefore approaches a new book-length interpretation with some trepidation. However, Wolfram and Helmtrud Mauser's study is fresh, insightful, and clearly written. The volume simultaneously does justice to a very difficult text and situates it intelligently in the context of GDR literature of the 1960s and 1970s. While their interpretation is not exhaustive, the authors demonstrate familiarity with the large body of Wolf literature, and their notes point the reader to other interpretative approaches.