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Was bleibt by Christa Wolf, 18. Mai 2009
Christa Wolf's Was bleibt is a short but intriguing novel. It follows a day in the life of a female writer in the GDR, who is followed by several Stasi observers as she goes about her business. The first person narration allows the reader an insight into the heroine's mind, although she appears to censor her own thoughts to some extent. When she answers the telephone she doesn't say who is calling, instead saying, 'Das Telefon. Ein Freund.' Throughout the text there is a constant sense that something dramatic might happen, which compels the reader to read on.
The heroine is easy for the reader to sympathise with without knowing much about her because she appears well liked by those she talks to. Even though daily life is made even more banal by the Stasi's constant observation, her life is still captivating.
The novel, published in the GDR in 1990, gives an insight into how being watched makes you more aware of your own actions and language. Language is a key theme in the text, as so much of what is said has to be said in such a way that the real meaning is obscured. The text has quite a lonely feel to it, perhaps because the heroine spends so much time alone, but maybe because the GDR was such a lonely place, at least for those who became isolated because of their profession or position in the GDR. The narrator describes how she will talk in the future saying, 'in meiner neuen Sprache, die härter sein würde als die, in der ich immer noch denken mußte.'
This book is likely to appeal to readers who have an interest in the GDR, either from a social history perspective or from personal experience, and who have an interest in the effect that the Stasi had on individuals. The book gently reminds the reader of the absurdity of people in the GDR knowing they were being observed and the Stasi knowing that people knew. For a short book with relatively little action Was bleibt is surprisingly enjoyable.