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A Model Childhood

By Christa Wolf

  • Paperback
  • £12.00

This novel is a testament of what seemed at the time a fairly ordinary childhood, in the bosom of a normal Nazi family in Landsberg. Other work by the author includes The Quest for Christa and No Place on Earth .

Biographical Notes

Christa Wolf is one of Germany's preeminent literary figures. Her extensive body of work has been published in many countries, and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Buchner Prize and the Vienna State Prize for European Literature.

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  • ISBN: 9780860683773
  • Publication date: 09 Feb 1983
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Virago
A MODEL CHILDHOOD delves painfully into the German past... The honesty, the apalling hindsight-driven ironies, the cool searching narrative: this art of a major writer offers just a glimmer, just the faintest apalled glimmer, of comprehension as to how it could all have grown, how it could have happened... the horror which so deformed Europe's recent past. — SCOTSMAN
A piercing account of the inner lives of artists at a time of great social change. — THE TIMES
A vivid testimony. — THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
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