The Story of Christiane F.
by Christiane F
This incredible autobiography of Christiane F. provides a vivid portrait of teen friendship, drug abuse, and alienation in and around Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. Christiane’s rapid descent into heroin abuse and prostitution is shocking, but the boredom, longing for acceptance, thrilling risks, and musical obsessions that fill the rest of Christiane’s existence are familiar to everyone. Previously published in Germany and the US to critical acclaim, Zest’s new translation will also include original photographs of Christiane and her friends.
✳“Powerful memoir first published 35 years ago…shows no sign of tarnish in Cartwright’s mesmerizing and urgent new translation” –Publishers Weekly
✳ “Drug memoirs have long been a reliable mix of cautionary content, salacious detail, and voyeuristic thrill, and this new translation of Christiane F., first published in 1978 and something of a cult classic, delivers on every front….the details are undeniably very powerful…” –Booklist
✳“An eloquent memoir of teen drug abuse from 1970s Berlin retains a contemporary feel in a new translation. . . . Disturbing but compelling.” – Kirkus Reviews
✳“Zoo Station tells an amazing story. . . . Her story is so intriguing, and all the more so for being true. Pictures in the middle of the book helped place faces with the names, making it even better. Though definitely not for the younger crowd. . . high school students. . . will definitely enjoy this memoir.” — Sarah A., age 15, School Library Journal Teen
Read Publishers Weekly’s article, Station to ‘Station’: The Rebirth of a Foreign Cult Classic.
- Reading level: Teen Nonfiction/Memoir
- Ages: 14 and up
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Zest Books; Original edition (January, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1-936976-22-5