Birnbaum, M.D. and Trager-Verchovsky, R.
Essays on the Fiction of Kazimierz Brandys, Danilo Kiš, György Konrád and Christa Wolf
All four writers living in socialist societies are engaged in searching for ways to preserve and express their personal and national identities and, at the same time, retain European values. As opposed to their western colleagues, these writers concede that in their countries literature has to take on all kinds of extraliterary roles. In other societies these may belong to the fields of sociology or psychology: in the socialist world it is prose literature that has to do the job. They all feel the responsibility...