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This is collection of the stories written by a distinguished Austrian author who died in 1973. Reading these stories entails abandoning the terms of one's own comfort. The author's relentless vision demands that readers allows themselves to be hypnotised, taken over by her repetitive cadences and burning images of grief and loss. And yet, in the beauty of her images there ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Holmes & Meier Publishers Inc (first published 1961)
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David
Ingeborg Bachmann was an Austrian writer, who died in 1973. I first read this collection of stories in 1978, while preparing for a German language exam at the Goethe Institute (the title story of the collection was part of the assigned reading list).

It's hard to describe the appeal of these stories. Often as not, the narrator is well-traveled, European, slightly world-weary, not particularly sympathetic, so that's not it. I suspect it's her exploration of themes such as the choices made by succ
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David
Powerful short story collection. These are not neat, tidy little tales that comfort and amuse. They do not bring a wistful tear to the eye. Rather, they challenge and exhort and lament.

Bachmann is major. The entire collection is marvelous, but the four at the core are perfection: Everything, Among Murderers and Madmen, A Step Towards Gomorrah, A Wildermuth.

This book has been tough to find, but according to the publisher it will be back in print this month (August 2012). Highly recommended.
Vishy
I have heard of Ingeborg Bachmann before, but I have never got around to reading her books. When one of my friends recommended her books highly, I thought I will read some of Bachmann’s books.

The first book I read was ‘The Thirtieth Year’. It is a collection of short stories. It has seven short stories. Some of them are short, but most of them are around 30-40 pages. My favourite story was the title story ‘The Thirtieth Year’. It is about a man who turns thirty and looks back at his past life a
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Mara
“Di uno che entra nel suo trentesimo anno non si smetterà di dire che è giovane. Ma lui, benché non riesca a scoprire in se stesso alcun mutamento, non ne è più così sicuro: gli sembra di non avere più diritto a farsi passare per giovane. …” Giunto al suo trentesimo anno di vita, il protagonista del racconto che dà il titolo al libro si accorge che sta entrando in una zona della sua esistenza in cui i nomi si distaccano dalle cose e la spinta ad avanzare nella vita si arresta per un momento di d ...more
Anne
Such an amazing collection of short stories - ones that truly resonant years after the first read.
Fruchtfleisch
Das dreißigste Jahr fast abgeschlossen, noch ein Annäherungsversuch an Ingebor Bachmann, nachdem "Malina" mich nicht wirklich erobern konnte.

An diesen Erzählungen endlich klares Leben. Ich denke, die Geschichten kamen zu Ingeborg Bachmann und nicht Ingebor permanent klingelnd zu Malina. Sonderbar geschlechtlose Lebensausschnitte, die Erzählung "Alles" hat mich am meisten berührt.

Ein empfehlenswertes Bändlein!
Linda
The topics in these stories are pretty run of the mill, even juvenile (the characters are yearning for a new order, a new language etc) but there's something about the rendering - how they're so clearly embedded in the time & the city and something about the language that makes them special.

'A Step towards Gommorrah' was my favourite.
Sema
bu kitabı bitirdiğimde aklıma hemen şu cümle geldi: "hayatın anlamını ingeborg bachmann'ın kaynakçı öyküsü ile buluyor isem, ben de bir 'kaynakçı' değil miyim?"
herkesin "kaynakçı" azmine ulaşması dileği ile. herkesin masanın altında hayatını değiştirecek bir kitap bulması dileği ile...
dipnot: doktorlardan zaten hep nefret etmişimdir.
Ian
The author, who died in 1973 at 46, is now considered one of the premier writers of post-war Germany. This collection of stories, first published in 1961 in German and in 1964 in an English translation by Michael Bullock, covers a range of ideas and themes, but converge in an intense battle of the sexes. Writing is lucid and forceful.
Lorena
There's nothing like short stories. It takes real craft and talent to evoke and deliver a punch in only a few pages. Bachman's prose is poetry, dark poetry. The stories are eery, the protagonists are more often than not antiheroes or not very likeable, unsettling and difficult to understand, sometimes difficult to forgive
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
Ah, I had to downgrade this from 5 to 4 stars. The first two stories, "Youth in an Austrian Village" and the title story, "The Thirtieth Year," were both magical, but in different ways. Masterpieces. But the remaining stories were much more run of the mill. Two 5-star stories and the rest 3-stars.
Fred
The title story, 'The Thirtierth Year,' is one of my favorite texts - of any genre. I find new reasons to love this story every time I read it.
Ffiamma
due racconti su tutti: il trentesimo anno e ondina se ne va. splendidi.
Jacqueline
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In Norwegian. Translated by Gerd Høst og Åse-Marie Nesse.
Melis
hep kadınlara aşık oluyorum, yine şaşmadı.
Laura Wetsel
Some books you read at the right time.
Christiane Alsop
Love her short stories.
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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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