The GDR was and is - even two decades after its demise - the fixed point in Volker Braun's life's work. Indeed, his life and work can neither be separated from each other, nor from the East German state. The three reflect each other in Braun's texts as a 'Life/Work/GDR', in a range of dissolves between fiction and reality, including autofiction. His writing is, however, less a fictional ... [Show full abstract] embellishment of biographical experience than an imaginative experimentation with different positions in society. In Hinze-Kunze-Roman, Braun represents the key dilemma of institutional stagnation, presenting it as something which can be overcome by force of will, in the form of a universalised Eros. In contrast, Braun's texts after the Wende seek to come to terms with the loss of this projection, which implies both self-denial and a reduced form of life.