1989 - Writing On The Wall

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AR01The Quest For Christa T20091006

Anne Mcelvoy introduces extracts from the work of three writers associated with East Germany's literary scene.

By Christa Wolf.

Christa T represents a generation who grew up under the shadow of the Berlin Wall.

While they were believers in the ideals of socialism, they were frustrated by the realities of an oppressive state system.

In this extract, the gulf between those who built up the East German state and the next generation is all too apparent.

Read by Sian Thomas.

Translated by Christopher Middleton.

The gulf between the founders of East Germany and the next generation.

AR02Across The Fence20091007

Anne Mcelvoy introduces extracts from the work of three writers associated with East Germany's literary scene.

By Stefan Heym.

Although Heym won East Germany's National Prize in 1969, his political criticisms later brought him into conflict with the state.

Set in Czeckoslovakia, this short story explores the nature of power in an oppressive state and its impact on personal life.

Read by Fenella Woolgar.

The nature of power in an oppressive state and its impact on personal life

AR03 LASTPlace Of Birth: Berlin20091008

Anne Mcelvoy introduces extracts from the work of three writers associated with East Germany's literary scene.

By Monika Maron, who grew up in East Berlin where her stepfather was a minister.

In this piece, which is a love song to the city of her youth, Maron reflects on what it was like to grow up and live in a divided city.

Read by Eleanor Bron.

Translated by Lyn Marven.

A love song to the city of her youth, by Monika Maron.