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Last Living Words: The Ingeborg Bachmann Reader
The Last Living Words consists of works of poetry and fiction published during the life of the great Austrian writer. Brilliantly translated by Lilian Friedberg (winner of the Kayden Translation Award) presents a new perspective on this important, internationally renowned figure. Friedberg’s Bachmann is no longer the frail and tortured writer presented in so many previous ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Green Integer
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Jan 22, 2009 Greg rated it really liked it
So much better than the Continuum collection of her and Christa Wolf's work in the German Library series. She writes male characters incredibly well, so well that that at times it's very easy to forget that it's a female writer. She might have done the most justice to being a bookish thirty year old male with no prospects of a future and a disdain for the world than anything else I've ever read (and if you think about it isn't this a common enough theme that bookish male authors write about even ...more
“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 ...moreMore about Ingeborg Bachmann