Friederike Mayröcker

brütt - or The Sighing Gardens

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

»Friederike Mayröcker is mesmerising, because she links language and life.«


»brütt«. To Friederike Mayröcker a symbol of pain and hardship, of the cold and of grief, were it not for the »sighing gardens« that lend a soft counterbalance to the stirrings of love that she traces carefully. But did it really happen, the relationship with Joseph, or is it nothing but a chimera, but wishful thinking? In the midst of the raptures of love, certainty is never within reach. Nevertheless, the author is able to bring order into the hazy states of mind, to give name to the sensations felt and to track the inexplicable. In her unmistakable linguistic accuracy, she exposes the fragile core of love layer by layer and thus frees herself from the chains of the unspeakable.

In a powerful study of her own self, Friederike Mayröcker gives account of a love in which joy, happiness, doubt and pain in equal measures turn into a »beautiful narrative«.

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)

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)