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East German Writer Christa Wolf Dies


Writer Christa Wolf at a presentation of her 2010 book "Stadt der Engel" (City of Angels) at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

Writer Christa Wolf at a presentation of her 2010 book "Stadt der Engel" (City of Angels) at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

Christa Wolf, one of the best-known writers from the former East Germany, has died at 82.

Wolf's publisher, Suhrkamp Verlag, said the writer died in Berlin on December 1. It gave no cause of death or further information.

Wolf was born in what is now Poland in 1929. Her family was expelled and settled in then eastern Germany.

Wolf was a dedicated communist in her early life, and her novels focused on life in the socialist state and exploring its ideals.

In some works, like "Cassandra" and "Medea," Wolf explored themes of war and power shifts through a woman's experience.

She became increasingly critical of East Germany and joined the mass demonstrations for reform in 1989 which eventually led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Wolf however came under fire after Germany's reunification in 1990 for not having been critical enough of East Germany's communist regime.

compiled from agency reports
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