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Ingeborg Bachmann

Malina - Novel

(German title: Malina)
ca. 360 pages
Clothbound
1971
Ingeborg Bachmann
Foto: Ingeborg Bachmann
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Ingeborg Bachmann, born on June 25th 1926, died on October 17th, 1973 in Rome.

»... the most intelligent and important woman writer our land has produced this century.«

Thomas Bernhard
 

»A brillant intellectual.«

Heinrich Böll

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»Equal to the best of Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett« The New York Times Book Review

About

In Malina, originally published in German in 1971, Ingeborg Bachmann invites the reader into a world stretched to the very limits of language. An unnamed narrator, a writer in Vienna, is torn between two men: viewed through the tilting prism of obsession, she travels further into her own madness, anxiety, and genius. Malina explores love, “deathstyles,” the roots of fascism, and passion.

»Fascism is the first thing in the relationship between a man and a woman, and I attempted to say that here in this society there is always war. There isn’t war and peace, there’s only war.« Ingeborg Bachmann
(book description from the new U.S. edition by New Directions)

Praise

»A portrait, in language, of female consciousness, truer than anything written since Sappho's Fragment 31. Once you're in, you're in [...] You're racing along, deep in the rhythms of the narrator's thoughts, which are bone-true and demonically intelligent.« Rachel Kushner

»Ingeborg Bachmann's intense, mesmerizing novel [is] enigmatic, yet piercing in its insight [...] Bachmann carries her readers to the very brink of meaning and expression in this courageous and important novel, which is equal to the best of Virgina Woolf and Samuel Beckett.« New York Times Book Review

»In place of Wittgenstein’s language as city, Malina creates a vision of Vienna as language, one might even say as mind: to what extent it may be feminine, masculine, or otherwise is impossible to discern.« Music & Literature

»An existential portrait, a work of desperate obsession, a proto-feminist classic, and one of the most jagged renderings of female consciousness European literature has produced.« The Nation

»A psychological thriller of a tormented, existential sort. And it’s a love triangle, though a triangle most accurately drawn with dotted lines, given that it’s debatable how many of its members are real. [T]here’s no question that the book shares a spirit with any and all books about the unsought psychological challenges of being a woman in this world. Lucid and powerful.« John Williams, The New York Times Book Review


»Bachmann’s moral seriousness, modernist and primeval, is nowhere in doubt, nor is her terror: it rides her language (burning and cooling, by turns) into strange dialectical valleys, up Alpine peaks, into labyrinthine Viennese apartments and sardonic lakeside villas.« 4Columns

»If I was permitted to keep one book only it would be Malina. Malina has everything.« Claire-Louise Bennett

»It seems in Malina there is nothing Bachmann cannot do with words.« The New York Review of Books

»A Viennese woman cooks dinner for her lover, waits by the telephone, delays embarking on a trip or writing the book she’s meant to write. And in that nulltime, the abyss of twentieth-century trauma yawns wide open and engulfs her.« Tom McCarthy

»The most intelligent and important woman writer our land has produced this century.« Thomas Bernhard

»A masterpiece!« Naja Marie Aidt, Publishers Weekly

»Bachmann’s voice is rare and strong–strong enough to transport us to a new domain of fiction.« Los Angeles Times

»Malina will always be in style.« 4Columns

Other publications

Die Radiofamilie/The Radio Familiy (2011)

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Kriegstagebuch/War Diary (2010)

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Herzzeit/Herzzeit (2008)

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