Christa Reinig

Christa Reinig was born in Germany and began her career in East Berlin, although she published in West Berlin. Reinig wrote fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and poetry, her work often marked by humor and black irony as well as her lesbian identity. After winning the Bremen Literature Prize in 1964, Reinig settled in Munich, where she lived until her death in 2008. 

  • Black and white photograph of a rustic building with a padlock on the door. A scythe leans against the wall just to the left of the door
    Christa Reinig
    Photo: Mark Gunn / Flickr Papa received a scythe from a co-worker as a present. Mama is horrified. “A scythe in our house?” Papa wants to reassure her: “I’ve set it in the cellar.”  “For god’s...

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