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Accident: A Day's News

Accident: A Day's News


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An East German writer, awaiting a call from the hospital where her brother is undergoing brain surgery, instead receives news of a massive nuclear accident at Chernobyl, one thousand miles away. In the space of a single day, in a potent, lyrical stream of thought, the narrator confronts both mortality and life and above all, the import of each moment lived-open, as Wolf reveals, to infinite analysis.

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ISBN-13: 9780226905068
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Series: Phoenix Fiction Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 121
Sales rank: 781,875
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Christa Wolf, born in 1929, is the author of many novels and stories including Cassandra, Pattern of Childhood, No Place on Earth, The Quest for Christa T., and What Remains and Other Stories, the last published by the University of Chicago Press.

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CR-Buell More than 1 year ago
Accident: A Day's News is a strange and fascinating little novel. Our narrator (never named, though intimated to be Christa Wolf herself) waits for a call to tell her how her brother's brain surgery went, while ruminating on the recent nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. As she goes about her daily business, gardening, shopping, answering her mail, she contemplates humanity, and human responsibility. Imagining the details of her brother's surgery she juxtaposes it with the spreading nuclear crisis. The pursuit of technology, without clear understanding of its ramifications, may well be the tumor nestled in the brain that is humanity. This is a short novel, but the dense stream-of-consciousness prose packs the punch of a much larger book.