Tuesday, March 5, 2013
City of Angels
Mr. Enrico had two pieces of mail for me. The first was a postcard from a young lawyer in Leipzig. He wrote: "Unlike you, I always hated the GDR and was thus immune to many things. You, however, were an important part of the GDR, and I hate you."
– from City of Angels (or, The Overcoat of Dr. Freud) by Christa Wolf, translated by Damion Searls
The book came out in German in 2010. Christa Wolf died at age 82 in 2011. Now in 2013 her final work is published in English by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Wolf actually began the book during the time she describes in it – a nine-month invited fellowship in 1992-93 at the Getty Center in L.A. "At the time," as she writes, "it was housed in an ordinary, multistory office building, which has long since been replaced by a spectacular postsmodern complex high above the city."