A audience of West 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 Pictures
This 1963 first novel founded Wolf’s reputation in eastern German literary works. Set during 1961, whenever construction associated with Berlin Wall started, the tale relies around two fans divided by it: Rita Seidel, a female inside her 20s that are early, such as the author, generally speaking supports the values regarding the “antifascist” GDR, and Manfred Herrfurth, a chemist whom settles into the western. 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 carry on to publish works which were far more critical associated with the regime, They Divided the Sky does not shy far from exposing the cracks and corruption into the communist system.