|Patterns of Childhood (1976) [Novel]|
by Christa Wolf
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(From the publisher):
"What is past is not dead; it is not even past. We cut ourselves off from it; we pretend to be strangers." Thus begins Christa Wolf's Patterns of Childhood, an account of the author's years growing up in Nazi Germany, as seen through the prism of a brief trip in 1971 back to her native town, accompanied by her husband, her brother, and her daughter, Lenka, who inevitably asks certain unavoidable, probing questions about the past. After the trip, Wolf returns home to write about the experience, about her childhood (adopting the role of an external narrator), and about the difficulties of writing her story with any sort of objectivity or clarity. Patterns of Childhood is no sentimental journey; it is a plea to remember and to learn from the past.
Original title: Kindheitsmuster
Alternative titles: A Model Childhood
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
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