Christa Wolf, one of Germany's most celebrated writers, has died in Berlin at the age of 82, her publisher Suhrkamp said on Thursday.
Wolf, a committed Marxist in her early life, lived and worked in the former East Germany, with her novels focusing on life in the socialist state and exploring its ideals.
She became increasingly critical of East Germany and joined the mass demonstrations for reform in 1989 which eventually led to the fall of the Berlin wall.
In 2010 she was awarded Germany's prestigious Thomas-Mann prize for documenting "the struggles, hopes and mistakes or her age."
(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson)