One Day a Year

2001-2011

Christa Wolf

One Day a Year

Christa Wolf

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Katy Derbyshire
128 pages | 5 x 8 1/2
Cloth $21.00 ISBN: 9780857424273 Published June 2017 World sales rights except India
During a 1960 interview, East German writer Christa Wolf was asked a curious question: would she describe in detail what she did on September 27th? Fascinated by considering the significance of a single day over many years, Wolf began keeping a detailed diary of September 27th, a practice which she carried on for more than fifty years until her death in 2011. The first volume of these notes covered 1960 through 2000 was published to great acclaim more than a decade ago. Now translator Katy Derbyshire is bringing the September 27th collection up to date with One Day a Year—a collection of Wolf’s notes from the last decade of her life.

The book is both a personal record and a unique document of our times. With her characteristic precision and transparency, Wolf examines the interplay of the private, subjective, and major contemporary historical events. She writes about Germany after 9/11, about her work on her last great book City of Angels, and also about her exhausting confrontation with old age. One Day a Year is a compelling and personal glimpse into the life of one of the world’s greatest writers.
Review Quotes
New York Times Book Review
"The book is thronged with detail, but of a careful kind....There are a few more piquant moments as she ages and an appealing harshness and humor enter the pages, but she isn’t writing to know herself or to be known. She has another, more complicated project in mind....The diary can be a way of learning to watch yourself, [Wolf] suggests, instead of watching or imagining yourself being watched. It’s can be a way of reaffirming contact with the self—and then, more radically, finding within its enclosure a more idiosyncratic, more personal way of marking and possessing time before it has its way with us."
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