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Malina, der erste und einzige Roman der Lyrikerin Ingeborg Bachmann, ist das Buch einer Beschwörung, eines Bekenntnisses, einer Leidenschaft. Malina ist wohl die denkbar ungewöhnlichste Dreiecksgeschichte: weil zwei der Beteiligten in Wahrheit eine Person sind, >eins sind< und doch jede Person >doppelt< ist.
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published 1988 by Suhrkamp (first published 1971)
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Dec 21, 2013 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 17, 2013 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ghosts
"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
Mar 01, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Whenever I would pick this up, a line or two of a poem kept ringing through my mind. The title, no matter how hard I tried, would not come to mind. Finally, I took to Google, and after a couple of searches found what I was looking for. The poem is "Translations" by Adrienne Rich, and a couple of lines match the tone of Malina incredibly well:
Certain words occur: enemy, oven, sorrow
enough to let me know
she's a woman of my time


with Love, our subject:
we've trained it like ivy to our wa
Vit Babenco
Jun 01, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It’s disgusting to put all this misery on the market, just adding to what’s already there, these books are all absolutely loathsome. What kind of obsession is this anyway, all this gloom, everything’s always sad and these books make it even worse in folio editions.”
Malina is an incredibly complex tragedy on the nature of insanity and to read it, especially in the beginning, is quite a labour. A woman believes that she is a writer and all her men are fruits of her sick consciousness or personage
Sep 13, 2015 ASLI rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 kere baştan başladım ve büyük mücadele ile okudum. ama iyi ki okudum.
delilik çok ağır ve çok derine işlemiş. sonra yazmalı, hemen değil.

bir hafta kadar geçtikten sonra yazı burada:
May 03, 2014 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
1. Vienna crumbling between, behind and beneath the lines.
2. delicate, cruel, funny, sad, beautiful, strange, heart-tugging, -pushing, -pulling, -boxing, -kissing, -scratching
3. Bachmann understands about the preverbal
4. Malina fading into the wall
Jacob Wren
Jul 21, 2010 Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites

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'
Mar 30, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
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
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
Dec 28, 2012 Vladimir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
обичам ингеборг бахман. това е.
Mar 14, 2013 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Overwhelmingly perfect.
Aug 12, 2011 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels-read-2011

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
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
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
Jan 14, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2014 Hakan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Patrick Garrett
Aug 07, 2013 Patrick Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 12, 2014 Semnebune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Twee dagen lang verkeerde ik in de nachtmerrie genaamd 'Malina'. Na vijftig bladzijden moest ik grote innerlijke weerstand overwinnen om niet te stoppen met verder lezen.

Maar net als het niet kunnen wegkijken bij een dramatisch ongeluk dat zich voor je ogen voltrekt, las ik gestaag verder.

Het lezen van 'Malina' kan ik omschrijven als onderwater zwemmen in troebel water zonder adem te kunnen halen.

Het is - na de 'Glazen stolp' van Sylvia Plath, wat minder neerslachtig qua schrijfstijl was maar m
Al Parra
Jun 27, 2013 Al Parra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Faranak Bakhshipour
صحنه زجرآوری از به لجن کشیدن تمامی زندگی یک زن پاک توسط جامعه تنها به جرم زیبایی و تفاوتی که با دیگران دارد ...
این تصویر آشنا نیست ؟؟؟ در کوچه بازارهای خودمان ... در همان پستوهای آپارتمان شده شهرهایمان ... قصه بیوه زنهای زیبایی که حق زندگی کردن و دوباره خوشبختی تجربه کردن را ندارند؟؟؟
این تصویر برایتان کهنگی ندارد؟
Oct 18, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2010 Stephan Frank rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ?
Apr 25, 2008 Ekilloran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Saman Kashi

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.
Dec 26, 2007 Dragana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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“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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