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

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

This 1963 first novel founded Wolf’s reputation in eastern German literary works. Set during 1961, whenever construction regarding the Berlin Wall started, the story is based around two fans divided by it: Rita Seidel, a female inside her very early 20s whom, just like the author, generally speaking supports the values associated with the “antifascist” GDR, and Manfred Herrfurth, a chemist whom settles into the west. The book is saturated with the atmosphere of the newly partitioned city although the Wall is not specifically mentioned in the novel. Though Wolf would continue to publish works that have been a great deal more critical for the regime, They Divided the Sky does not shy far from exposing the cracks and corruption into the communist system.

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

The 2nd guide of the trilogy by Turkish-German journalist, actor and manager Sevgi Ozdamar, this semi-autobiographical work appears at life in Germany through the viewpoint of the teenage gastarbeiter (guest worker) when you look at the 1960s and 70s. The narrator, that has kept Turkey having lied about her age, learns German while involved in menial jobs to make cash for drama college. A sepia-toned snapshot of western Berlin, the guide mostly centres around Kreuzberg, a hub for Turkish immigrants, and features neighborhood landmarks, including the bombed-out Anhalter Bahnhof plus the Hebbel Theatre, both of that are nevertheless standing.Read More