A Novel and Four Essays
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Cassandra by Christa Wolf
Book DescriptionIn the tradition of such masterpieces of historical fiction as Mary Renault's "The King Must Die" East German writer Christa Wolf movingly retells the story of the fall of Troy - but from the point of view of the woman whose visionary powers earned her contempt and scorn. Written as a result of the author's Greek travels and studies, "Cassandra" speaks to us in a pressing monologue whose inner focal points are patriarchy and war. In the four accompanying pieces, which take the form of travel reports, journal entries, and a letter, Wolf describes the novel's genesis. Incisive and intelligent, the entire volume represents an urgent call to examine the past in order to insure a future.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780374519049
Paperback / softback
(203mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 1-May-1988
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Christa Wolf
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Author Biography - Christa Wolf
In 1980 East German author Christa Wolf took a trip to Greece accompanied by her husband, Gerhard. In 1982 she was awarded a guest lectureship at the University of Frankfurt, where in May she delivered a series of five "Lectures on Poetics" relating to her Greek travels and studies. The fifth "lecture" was ad raft of the novel Cassandra, which she then revised and expanded for publication. The four introductory lectures were published separately in Germany under the title Conditions of a Narrative: Cassandra; The Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics (Voraussetzungen einer Erzahlung: Kassandra). This volume presents the novel first, followed by its companion lectures, which illuminate its background and implications."
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