Friederike Mayröcker


(German title: fleurs)
ca. 152 pages
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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fleurs – the flowers, the flower petals, they give this book its title, make us think of spring, of mild air and gently flowing ribbons. But if you let yourself be lured onto that track, you are not going to end up on a lovely field of flowers, but on stony and steep terrain: »agnus dei the footlingsz bound together, 1 bushel of white flowers in the mouth«. That’s the Mayröcker-sound that has been ringing out her whole poetic life – unsentimental, crystal clear, committed to nothing but a poetry that only ever wants the one thing: images of compelling power and vividness and a language so free, bold and unspent as if it had been newly invented for this book.

fleurs is the last installment of Friederike Mayröcker’s trilogy that began with études und cahier. fleurs is memory and the taking of stock, is protest and evocation. And it records that which, in the end, is the only thing that remains and counts – the ritual, writing’s life insurance: »Simply sit down at the machine in the morning with wolfish howls, isn’t that so«.

Other publications

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)