1974 saw the publication of Franziska Linkerhand, the last novel of the East German writer Brigitte Reimann, who died of cancer in 1973 at the early age of thirty-nine. This remarkable work of some 580 pages (15 chapters) was the product of ten years of devoted and sorely trouble labour.2 The author, until then, had been best known for her novel Ankunft im Alltag, a work which gave the name Ank-unftsliteratur to a whole period of East German prose writing of the early 1960's. In Franziska Linkerhand, she set out to prove herself a writer worthy of her early reputation among critics and the reading public.



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