They Divided the Sky by Christa Wolf. The Bridge for the Golden Horn by Emine Sevgi Ozdamar

A audience of western Berliners collect in the Berlin Wall while an east soldier that is german on the reverse side, August 1961. Photograph: Paul Schutzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Pictures

This 1963 first novel established Wolf’s reputation in east literature that is german. Set during 1961, whenever construction associated with Berlin Wall began, the story is situated around two fans divided by it: Rita Seidel, a lady inside her very early 20s whom, such as the journalist, generally supports the values associated with the “antifascist” GDR, and Manfred Herrfurth, a chemist whom settles into the western. Even though the Wall just isn’t particularly mentioned within the novel, the guide is saturated aided by the environment of this newly partitioned town. Though Wolf would continue to publish works that have been significantly more critical regarding the regime, They Divided the Sky does shy away from n’t exposing the cracks and corruption into the communist system.

A road in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Photograph: Claire Carrion/Alamy

The next guide of the trilogy by Turkish-German author, star and manager Sevgi Ozdamar, this semi-autobiographical work appears at life in Germany through the viewpoint of the teenage gastarbeiter (guest worker) into the 1960s and 70s. The narrator, who’s kept Turkey having lied about her age, learns German while involved in menial jobs to make cash for drama college. A snapshot that is sepia-toned of Berlin, the guide mostly centres around Kreuzberg, a hub for Turkish immigrants, and features neighborhood landmarks, including the bombed-out Anhalter Bahnhof as well as the Hebbel Theatre, each of that are nevertheless standing. Moreover it is targeted on artistically minded socialists and pupils, the casual fascist exile from Greece, and real-life activities such as the shooting of Benno Ohnesorg with a policeman at a protest march in 1967, an outrage that sparked the left-wing student movement that is german. Continue reading