Friederike Mayröcker

And I Shook my Beloved - Novel

Friederike Mayröcker
Foto: Friederike Mayröcker
© Brigitte Friedrich

Friederike Mayröcker was born in 1924 in Vienna. From 1946-69 she taught English at various secondary schools in Vienna. Her first literary works date back to 1939. She published poems in a journal as of 1946, in 1956 her first book came out. Since then she has written poetry, prose, plays, radio plays and children's books. She has been honoured with numerous distinguished national and international literary awards, among them:

Bremer Literaturpreis 2011

Peter-Huchel-Preis 2010

Hermann-Lenz-Preis 2010

Premio Internazionale 2003

Georg-Büchner-Preis 2001

Karl-Sczuka-Preis 2001

America Award Prize 1997

Else-Lasker-Schüler-Preis 1996

Friedrich-Hölderlin-Preis 1993

Erich-Nossack-Preis 1989

Anton-Wildgans-Preis 1982

Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis 1982

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Sweden (Ellerströms)


Spiegel Online: »Have you ever considered writing, rather straightforwardly and at length, about your relationship with Ernst Jandl?«

Mayröcker: »I’ve thought about it, but I need time.« Interview from October 26, 2001

Friederike Mayröcker took her time. After the death of Ernst Jandl, her counterpart in both life and writing, she began to summon up the spectral contents of her experiences, again finding form for the dreams, observations, interactions and impressions that comprise the ineffability of recollection. What resulted is a most touching and unconventional book of memories.

The act of writing is the recovery of what has been lost. Und ich schüttelte einen Liebling is a departure that leads into the very centre of her prose: »a poetic heartbeat« between sadness and memories.

Other publications

fleurs/fleurs (2016)

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Cahier/cahier (2014)

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études/études (2013)

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ich sitze nur GRAUSAM da/ich sitze nur GRAUSAM da (2012)

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France (Atelier de l'Agneau), Bulgaria (Ergo)

Scardanelli/Scardanelli (2009)

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USA (The Song Cave), Spain (Ediciones de Aqui), Sweden (Ellerströms), Hungary (Pluralica)

brütt oder Die seufzenden Gärten/brütt (1998)

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English world rights (Northwestern UP – published, rights reverted), France (Atelier de l'Agneau – published, rights reverted)

Reise durch die Nacht/Night Train (1984)

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English world rights (Ariadne Press), France (Atelier de l’Agneau), Italy (Sellerio – published, rights reverted), Denmark (Palomar), Hungary (Jelenkor Kiado – published, rights reverted), Lithuania (Reklamos Vertimo Leidybos Vad – published, rights reverted)