Show More A Model Childhood by Christa Wolf, translated by Ursule Molinaro and Hedwig Rappolt.
Virago, 407 pp., £8.95, April 1982, 0 86068 253 6Show More
The Safety Net by Heinrich Böll, translated by Leila Vennewitz.
Secker, 314 pp., £7.50, March 1982, 9780436054549Show More
The Country of her Dreams by Janice Elliott.
Hodder, 186 pp., £6.95, March 1982, 0 340 27830 7Show More
The Soul’s Gymansium and Other Stories by Harold Acton.
Hamish Hamilton, 165 pp., £7.95, February 1982, 0 241 10740 7Show More
“... The original title of Christa Wolf’s novel, Kindheitsmuster, could mean something like ‘a pattern of childhood’, but her translators have rightly gone for a more idiomatic expression. In turning the noun into an attributive adjective, they’ve stressed the idea of an exemplary upbringing, and that is wholly apt. The career of Nelly Jordan is normative, within a certain German (though here specifically Nazi) tradition ...”