When The Quest for Christa T. was first published in East Germany ten years ago, there was an immediate storm: bookshops in East Berlin were given instructions to sell it only to well-known customers professionally involved in literary matters; at the annual meeting of East German Writers Conference, Mrs Wolf's new book was condemmed. Yet the novel has nothing eplicity to do with politics.
"On the surface we have no other story of a sensitive woman to be calmed her friend. On this level Christa T. was a good citizen who did as she was told and lived a seemingly unexceptional life. But between the lines the real story of Christa T. - the story of an individual crushed by the pressures of uniformity. If you dare mind it is the first novel of any consequence to a marriage, Uldricht's East Germany, and it becomes something of a literary landmark." -- The New York Times