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Fischer, Bernd. “Einladung zum Lever Bourgeois: Christoph Hein's First Prose.” In Studies in GDR Culture and Society, pp. 125–36. Lanham: University Press of America, 1984.

Fischer offers a discussion on Hein's early short fiction.

Graves, Peter. “Dialectical Ironies.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4503 (21 July 1989): 802.

Graves discusses the misfortune of Der Tangospieler's protagonist, the hollow nature of his ideology, the novel's empty resolution, and the work's political undertones.

———. “A Shocking Self-Sufficiency.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4556 (27 July 1990): 796.

Graves explores the emotional self-detachment of the heroine, Claudia, in The Distant Lover.

———. “A Boy's Soviet Zone Story.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 4933 (17 October 1997): 30.

Graves describes Von allem Anfang an as Kafkaesque in the way that the work allows emotional and relational abnormality to appear common as an illumination of state-imposed reality.

———. “In the Dirty World of Reality.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 5089 (13 October 2000): 25.

Graves offers a mixed assessment of Willenbrock.

Grunenberg, Antonia. “Geschichte und Entfremdung: Christoph Hein als Autor der DDR.” Michigan Germanic Studies 8, nos. 1–2 (1985): 229–51.

Grunenberg explores Hein's work within a German cultural context.

Hulse, Michael. “Tumult, Horn and Double Bass.” Antigonish Review 66–67 (summer-autumn 1986): 247–57.

Hulse examines the character Horn in Horns Ende.

Jones, Helen L. “‘Real Existing Socialism’ and its Misogynistic Consequences: The Male Protagonist in Literary Works by Christoph Hein, Milan Kundera and Richard Wagner.” In Christoph Hein in Perspective, edited by Graham Jackman, pp. 137–48. Atlanta, Georgia: Rodopi, 2000.

Jones offers an examination of Hein's Horns Ende.

McKnight, Philip. Understanding Christoph Hein. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 1995, 506 p.

McKnight provides a critical assessment of the significant themes in Hein's fiction.

Mimpriss, Hilary. “‘Ohne Hoffnug können wir nicht leben’ Christoph Hein's use of Religious Motifs as an Expression of Resignation and Hope.” In Christoph Hein in Perspective, edited by Graham Jackman, pp. 95–114. Atlanta, Georgia: Rodopi, 2000.

Mimpriss explores the recurring religious themes in Hein's fiction.

Robinson, David W. Deconstructing East Germany: Christoph Hein's Literature of Dissent. Columbia, South Carolina: Camden House, 1999, 233 p.

Robinson examines Hein's themes within a historical context, discusses the repression described in Der fremde Freund, and critiques Hein's narrative style.

Additional coverage of Hein's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 158; Contemporary World Authors, Vol. 2; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 124; and Literature Resource Center.

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