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Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays

Cassandra: A Novel and Four Essays
Author: Christa Wolf
ISBN 13: 9780374519049
ISBN 10: 374519048
Edition: 2nd Printing
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 1988-05-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $16.00

In this volume, the distinguished East German writer Christa Wolf retells the story of the fall of Troy, but from the point of view of the woman whose visionary powers earned her contempt and scorn. Written as a result of the author's Greek travels and studies, Cassandra speaks to us in a pressing monologue whose inner focal points are patriarchy and war. In the four accompanying pieces, which take the form of travel reports, journal entries, and a letter, Wolf describes the novel's genesis. Incisive and intelligent, the entire volume represents an urgent call to examine the past in order to insure a future.

Ernest Powell

"With knowledge, insight, and foreboding, Christa Wolf has brilliantly rewritten history, and in viewing the past to the eyes of the doomed seer, she traces its own imminent future." -- The New York Times