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Divided Heaven

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Ende August 1961: In einem kleinen Krankenhauszimmer erwacht Rita Seidel aus ihrer Ohnmacht. Und mit dem Erwachen wird auch die Vergangenheit wieder lebendig. Da ist die Erinnerung an den Betriebsunfall und vor allem die Erinnerung an Manfred Herrfurth. Zwei Jahre sind vergangen, seit sie dem Chemiker in die Stadt folgte, um an seiner Seite und mit ihm gemeinsam ein glückl ...more
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Published 1976 by Adler's Foreign Books (first published 1963)
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Vale
Jan 30, 2016 Vale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non l'amore, ma i suoi dintorni.

Scriveva Pessoa: Non l'amore, ma i suoi dintorni valgono la pena … La sublimazione dell'amore illumina i suoi fenomeni con maggiore chiarezza della stessa esperienza. Ci sono verginità di grande comprensione. Agire compensa ma confonde. Possedere significa essere posseduto e dunque perdersi. Soltanto l'idea raggiunge, senza sciuparsi, la conoscenza della realtà.

Dunque si ama, ma a volte è impossibile amare, si è incapaci di agire. Scrive bene Pessoa: “soltanto l’i
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Lucrezia
"Proprio sopra di loro scorreva, in senso obliquo rispetto alla piazza, la linea di confine tra il cielo notturno e diurno. Velami di nubi passavano dalla metà già grigia e notturna del cielo a quella tuttora chiara che svaniva in colorazioni ultraterrestri. Al di sotto -o al di sopra?- c' era una striscia di verde vitreo, e nei punti più profondi persino tuttora azzurro. (...)Un tempo, le coppie d' amanti prima di separarsi cercavano una stella, su cui i loro sguardi la sera potessero incontrar ...more
Agnes Fontana
Le roman procède par mise en abîme, Rita coule des jours fragiles dans une maison de santé et se remémore les événements qui l'ont conduite là. Une jeune fille de village est recrutée par un vaillant sergent du nouveau régime communiste pour devenir institutrice et dans le même laps de temps rencontre Manfred, un jeune physicien avec qui ça va être le grand amour. A la vie close de l'innocence campagnarde succèdent la vie en ville et la participation à la construction de la jeune Allemagne de l' ...more
Bookkitten
Dieses Buch zieht sich wie Kaugummi. Würde man es in eine Hausapotheke stellen, dann mit Sicherheit zu den Schlafmitteln.
Mariele
I just wrote a very wordy review, and it vanished. Well then, in short: This is Christa Wolf's first book, written in 1963.When it was published, it dealt with current affairs, as the story takes place shortly before the Berlin Wall is being built. However, reading it 50 years later, the book feels very dated and stilted. I thoroughly enjoyed some of her books, namely how Wolf has dug deeper and deeper into history with every new book she published. Her memories about growing up in the 1930s/40s ...more
Leonardo
Sep 09, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference
En The Divided Heaven, la novela de 1963 de Christa Wolf, un clásico de la RDA sobre el impacto subjetivo de la división de Alemania, Manfred (que ha elegido Occidente) le dice a Rita, su amor, cuando se encuentran por última vez: «Pero incluso si nuestra tierra está dividida, todavía compartimos el mismo cielo». Rita (que ha elegido permanecer en el Este) replica amargamente: «No, primero dividieron el Cielo». Aunque la novela disculpa al Este, ofrece una correcta perspectiva sobre cómo nuestra ...more
Alessandra
Jan 19, 2016 Alessandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ken
Jan 28, 2015 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entry from the publishers: University of Ottawa Press:

Description

First published in 1963, in East Germany, They Divided the Sky tells the story of a young couple, living in the new, socialist, East Germany, whose relationship is tested to the extreme not only because of the political positions they gradually develop but, very concretely, by the Berlin Wall, which went up on August 13, 1961.

The story is set in 1960 and 1961, a moment of high political cold war tension between the East Bloc and th
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Vasha7
May 29, 2011 Vasha7 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book very much situated in its historical time, and in fact dates are stated constantly throughout. It never actually mentions the building of the Berlin Wall by name, but assumes that readers will know what the author is referring to when naming that date; the first human space flight is described, however. Apparently, in the summer of ’61, people were quietly convinced that war would break out at any moment. There seem to have been things going on within East Germany too, which I cou ...more
Jacob Wren
Christa Wolf writes:


Rita had already thought out for herself anything she might have learned from that dreaded meeting for which such careful preparations were made. She acknowledged with a nod the criticism for cutting lectures and the young teachers announcement that she was to receive a reprimand. After all, it was the least they could do in the face of Mangold’s righteous indignation.

Then Mangold got up and talked for a long time. Rita barely listened to him, for she knew it all by heart. Sh
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Maria Grazia
Una delicata storia d'amore ai tempi della DDR, con un lui apparentemente forte, scafato e sicuro di sè, che finirà per fuggire in occidente alla prima vera difficoltà, e una lei apparentemente infantile e immatura, che invece si rivelerà fortissima nel superare qualsiasi problema, pur attraversando un tentativo di suicidio.
E infatti, nonostante abbia la possibilità di fuggire anche lei in occidente, torna nella Germania dell'est, a lottare per la produttività coi suoi comagni di fabbrica, studi
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Heleen
Nov 07, 2014 Heleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of ik in een vreemde wereld stapte waar ik niet alles begreep. Het is vooral het wantrouwen tussen de mensen, het elkaar dwars zitten. Er is goed en kwaad en dat maakt wat uit. Als je ervan uitgaat dat wat je doet geen verschil maakt dan had ze bij haar Manfred kunnen blijven. Rita hield vast aan haar idealen. Zie ook het korte verhaal '29 september' waarin ze kort beschrijft hoe het ontstaan van de roman haar bezighoudt en wat daarin voor haar belangrijk is.
Robert Schulz
Jun 02, 2014 Robert Schulz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wahrscheinlich der Roman über die beginnende deutsche Teilung. Trotz der etwas "verknoteten" Sprache von Christa Wolf eine absolute Leseempfehlung.
Panz
Mar 05, 2016 Panz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book gets more layered the more you think about it, but it seems inevitable that in 2016 some parts come across as propaganda for socialist Germany
martin
Aug 28, 2008 martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book written by an East German author well before the "Wende" discussing the human cost of the division of Germany? Many people will not believe such a book could have been written.

I'm a Wolf fan but find her work frighteningly difficult. It's a book you'll put down several times before finally finishing it.

Willie the Coyote
Nov 16, 2010 Willie the Coyote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non facile. Piu' di una storia d'amore, della crescita di una ragazza nella Germania "Socialista" a cavallo della costruzione del Muro, di una presa di coscienza, di una critica "costruttiva" ad un regime, di ideali e convinzioni che faticano a realizzarsi, di fallimenti, di risposte non torvate....
Joshka
Feb 04, 2013 Joshka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: duits
It was a bit Chinese to me (typical Dutch expression to say: I didn't understand it that well), but I liked it though. I expected it to be boring, but it wasn't boring at all. I especially liked the way Rita's feelings were described.
Kelsey
Aug 07, 2012 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Der Geteilte Himmel in German. Because of that it was really hard to understand when the different time jumps happen. I think if I were to read it again I would be able to understand it a lot better.
Katie
Oct 26, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was difficult to get through, maybe because of the translation? It started off well but dragged on for too long.
Noah
Apr 03, 2012 Noah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germany
Recht einseitig, propagandistisch aber gut geschrieben im kargen Stil der Christa Wolf ohne ein Wort zuviel.
Betsy
Oct 29, 2012 Betsy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-books
Between 2 and 3 stars. Liked style through most of it, but the political aspects are hard to swallow.
Daisy
Sep 16, 2009 Daisy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few books I read in German. I should re-read this because I remember liking it but not why...
Ruby
threw some water on it (accidently of course) which makes it currently unsuitable for reading.
Katharina
not the best book of Christa Wolf, but it teaches you a lot about east german history.
Dennis
Ich schwanke zwischen unglaublich schön und unglaublich langweilig.
Michelle Lisle
good story but sometimes hard to follow
Mary Breeding
Mar 12, 2008 Mary Breeding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wolf ist mein leiblings Deutsche Autor
Jyoti
ehmmm..not my kind of book
Ellen Dahlby
Ellen Dahlby rated it really liked it
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A citizen of East Germany and a committed socialist, Mrs. Wolf managed to keep a critical distance from the communist regime. Her best-known novels included “Der geteilte Himmel” (“Divided Heaven,” 1963), addressing the divisions of Germany, and “Kassandra” (“Cassandra,” 1983), which depicted the Trojan War.

She won awards in East Germany and West Germany for her work, including the Thomas Mann Pri
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“Dammi un bacio" disse Rita. Stranamente commosso, Manfred avvolse il suo viso con le sue grandi mani calde e la baciò. "Stiamo bene insieme, noi due" disse lei piano, mentre si guardavano. "Le tue mani sono proprio fatte per me. E anche la bocca.” 2 likes
“Ci abituiamo di nuovo a dormire tranquilli. Viviamo senza risparmiarci, come ce ne fosse anche troppa di questa strana sostanza ch'è la vita, come se non dovesse avere mai fine.” 2 likes
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