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  1. Norberg, J. "Late socialism as a narrative problem: Christoph Hein and the limits of the Novella." German Studies Review 38.1Johns Hopkins University Press, (January, 2015): 63-82. [repository], [doi]
    (last updated on 2020/07/02)

    © 2015 by The German Studies Association. Christoph Hein's Der fremde Freund, published in the GDR in 1982, counts as a paradigmatic postwar German novella. While the text announces its genre membership explicitly, it fails, or perhaps refuses, to substantiate fully its initial self-categorization. Indeed, its ambiguous adherence to the premises of this eventfocused genre highlights how the use of a particular generic format to organize narrative material can serve to foreground and conceal, activate and deactivate ideological meanings.

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