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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  787 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Ingeborg Bachmann's novel Malina, presented here for the first time in English, in a translation by Philip Boehmm, is not a book one picks up--or puts down--lightly. Narrated in an unremittingly fragmented stream-of-consciousness, filled with references to Austrian history and culture, to psychoanalysis, twelve-tone music and contemporary philosophies of language, this pas ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published 1988 by Suhrkamp (first published 1971)
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Dec 21, 2013 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: muted beauty
Recommended to Mariel by: an unbelievable lie
I have lived in Ivan and die in Malina.

Happy with Ivan. I never knew her when she was living in Ivan. Maybe if I were standing across the street I'd watch her spinning out of control. Her Hungarian boyfriend who sends avalanches of stone cold epithets. Don't ask if I love you, don't say I..., don't make believe important, be fun, be happy, be the first time I saw you. Strangers, for the last time. A dead telephone in her apartment is visited by the spirits of everyone who isn't Ivan. I saw her w
"The name alone suffices to be in the world."
Malina is one of those novels that feels completely natural to me, arising almost like an organism, without pretense or premeditated designs. Its easy playful voice keeps me reading despite the somber themes that run underneath. It is a particularly difficult novel for me to describe, as it tackles many serious topics (war, post-war, time, history, personal relationships, men and women) yet when you pull back, its main thrust is elusive. What is this
Dense, fraught and at times stunningly beautiful prose. A narrator in love with her own performance and, at times, too melodramatic for complete empathy. A fascinating attempt to combine the world of the personal with the political and the conflicts of gender. I only wish she had been able to finish her planned cycle of novels. I cannot say that I "enjoyed" it, and doubt I will re-read it, but would not hesitate to recommend it.

It took me about three weeks to read this. I read 100 pages on the first day, 80 in the days inbetween, the last 170 on the last day. Definitely a book you need to be in the mood for, and finding that was very frustrating.

Funny to read this book whilst actually residing in Vienna; between the lines there actually is the city crumbling.

This is: so: cruel, funny, sad, beautiful; strange and heart- tugging pushing pulling boxing kissing scratching and all that. Delicate and cruel. Ingeborg Bachmann
Si tratta di un libro difficilmente classificabile e di difficile lettura. Pensieri a ruota libera, parole, sogni, paure. La Bachmann usa tantissime tecniche narrative: un continuo monologo interiore, fiabe, leggende, telefonate con frasi a metà, espressioni musicali sul pentagramma, poesie, telegrammi, lettere non spedite, interviste, espressioni in francese e in inglese, silenzi. Il tutto inserito in diversi livelli narrativi che si congiungono e si dividono in continuazione.

Il libro vede, alm
Jacob Wren

Ingeborg Bachmann writes:

In the Psychological Institute in the Liebiggasse we always drank tea or coffee. I knew a man there who always used shorthand to record what everyone said, and sometimes other things besides. I don't know shorthand. Sometimes we'd give each other Rorschach tests, Szondi tests, TAT, and would diagnose each other's character and personality, we would observe our performance and behavior and examine our expressions. Once he asked how many men I had slept with, and I couldn'
Ce livre se passe du fond de la narratrice, ce qui se passe en réalité on ne le saura jamais exactement, mais amoureuse d'un homme qui ne veut pas s'amouracher, et vivant avec Malina personnage au début parfait puis tyrannique, la narratrice erre entre le présent, le passé, ses écrits, ses rêves, et ses conversations avec Malina comme une princesse au petit pois que tout peut heurter sans que rien ne la heurte véritablement. Le mal sur lequel elle cherche à mettre un nom, est sans doute un assas ...more
обичам ингеборг бахман. това е.
Overwhelmingly perfect.

Certainly not the easiest book for me to get back in to reading with :P It is at times frustrating, at times intentionally very vague and oblique (as regards the titular Malina in particular), whilst at times so startlingly clear in its presentation of the main character's thoughts - her neurotic nature, her desperate emotional dependency on Ivan, her doubts, all the weight of the world crushing on her - that the book can become exhausting (even more so because the stream of consciousness na
Malina––love it or hate it.

It is a very introverted, dense novel, thus I can see why someone might grow to dislike it. Full of self-doubt, anguish and some humiliation, I find it so emotional and personal at times it is hard to bear. I still have an odd (perhaps, even creepy) feeling as though I know this narrator myself and any time I walk her Ungargassenland, I can't help but look up and she there? is she writing one of her mad letters? Would I meet anyone like that? Who knows, I m
Roger Market
I'm having a really hard time rating this book. It takes a LOOOONG time to get into. It's postmodern in a way that doesn't quite grab me, not like Angela Carter's work, which I absolutely LOVE. Still, it's interesting and, despite being very tedious for a very large portion, pretty good. I give it a 3 here because I can't say that I "really liked" it or "really liked" the experience of reading it, so I can't say 4 stars. Maybe someday, if I read it again, knowing what I know now—maybe then I'll ...more
Malina was a challenging, but rewarding, read for me that seemed kind of like an abstract version of Written on the Body. Written in the 70s by an Austrian feminist scholar, the novel follows an unnamed narrator as she lives in her "Ungargasseland" in Vienna with a mysterious roommate named Malina and tries to build a relationship with Ivan and his two sons. The middle section is comprised entirely of dream sequences that explore the narrator's inner conflicts with a variety of characters and so ...more
Patrick Garrett
Reading Malina was a submersion into a mind, but unlike other narratives that follow a stream of consciousness through the missed connections and random construction of human thinking, Bachmann strings together a convincing and engaging view of that world. At times, reading the book requires labor, but much of it inspires the type of horrifying interest you sometimes get watching a major pileup on the freeway. I recommend this book to those who like their fiction on heavy on the psychology and l ...more
Malina reprezintă un roman împărțit în mii de cioburi, le poți aranja cum vrei, totul e interpretabil. În mare, este vorba despre trei personaje: Malina, soțul, autoarea ascunsă sub eul feminin și Ivan, amantul. Interesant este că eul narativ nu spune niciodată că Malina este soțul sau că Ivan ar fi amantul, e o permanentă engimă pentru cititor. La prima vedere, știm că personajul principal comite adulter, dar pe parcursul cărții totul se destramă, se sparge în mii de bucăți care se asamblează d ...more
There's something poetic in this book. Not only in the search that the main character seems to follow but just in its language... There's something poetic in how the words born, in how they are simply united; there's something poetic in the way that Ingeborg Bachman sounds because you can hear it when you read it, I don't know how to explain it but I never felt before that the author was next to me, reading her sounds to my ear...
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I loved the first part of this book so much. The writing and perceptions are wonderful, one of those rare books that feels entirely original, such a strong voice and character. Two stars to the ending though, I found it a frustrating let-down.
Stephan Frank
This one literally hurt to read - just not at all my world (or how I see the world). Such doubts, such misery, such an effort to live, to breathe, to think......Surely a very biased review and rating, but what can I do ?
Konserve Ruhlar
Üç ana karakter çevresinde, bilinç akışı yöntemiyle yazılmış romanda her şey anlatıcının iç dünyasında. Anıları, düşünceleri, benliğindeki yaralar, çocukluğu ve Viyana üzerine bir bilinç akışı söz konusu. Onun için önemli iki erkek ve onların kendi hayatı üzerindeki etkileri romanın merkezi. Duygu akışını takip etmek ve çoğu zaman anlamak epey yorucu. Özellikle içinci bölüm '' Üçüncü Adam'' kısmında babasıyla ilgili anımsadıkları ve sayıkladıklarını izlemekte çok zorlandım. Birçok kaynakta kitab ...more
Men and women seem to receive this book very differently - which makes me wonder if that was part of her intention. I am looking forward to reading it a second time.

در صورت تمایل، جهت مشخصات فیلمی که بر اساس این کتاب ساخته شده‌ است؛ می‌توانید از لینک زیر استفاده بفرمایید
Ali Ünal
Sorun bende olduğu için olabilir. Gördüğüm her yerde iyi bir kitap olarak addediliyor, ama ben bitsin diye bekledim.
Neurotic and partly unreadable, her only novel is an ode to the nightmare love can be.
Christiane Alsop
Hard to read fiction.
Crazy but so insightful.

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Aug 21, 2009 Simon marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't get on with this.
Kolay bir kitap değil kesinlikle. Ama biraz sabırla keyfi çıkarılabilecek eserlerden. Tabii hayli karanlık konusu esasen bir keyif kaynağı olamaz. Thomas Bernhard gibi keskin bir toplum eleştirisi içeriyor. "Adına toplum denilen maskeli balo", "Toplum, düşünülebilecek en kanlı arenadır" gibi ifadeler bunun birkaç örneği. Bireyin çaresi zor bulunur yalnızlığını çarpıcı bir şekilde ortaya koyuyor. Karşılıksız aşk, tutku da önemli temalarından. İkinci bölümdeki karanlık rüya/gerçek karışımı sahnele ...more
Love Bachmann but this book falls apart after the first third.
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“What actually is possible, however, is transformation. And the transformative effect that emanates from new works leads us to new perception, to a new feeling, new consciousness.” This sentence from Ingeborg Bachmann’s Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics (1959-60) can also be applied to her own self-consciousness as an author, and to the history of her reception. Whether in the form of lyric poetry, sh ...more
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