Malina

Ingeborg Bachmann (Author) Philip Boehm (Translator)
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Description

Malina invites the reader on a linguistic journey, into a world that stretches the very limits of language with Wittgensteinian zeal and Joycean inventiveness, where Ingeborg Bachmann ventriloquizes--and in the process demolishes--Proust, Musil, and Balzac, and yet filters everything through her own utterly singular idiom. Malina is, quite simply, unlike anything else; it's a masterpiece.
In Malina, Bachmann uses the intertwined lives of three characters to explore the roots of society's breakdown that lead to fascism, and in Bachmann's own words, "it doesn't start with the first bombs that are dropped; it doesn't start with the terror that can be written about in every newspaper. It starts with relationships between people. 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."

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
June 25, 2019
Pages
283
Dimensions
5.4 X 1.3 X 8.4 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811228725
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About the Author

Ingeborg Bachmann is the author of Darkness Spoken, Malina, and Simultan, among others.
Philip Boehm is an American playwright, theater director, and the translator of numerous books, including Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina (forthcoming from New Directions).
Rachel Kushner is an American writer, known for her novels Telex from Cuba (2008), The Flamethrowers (2013), and The Mars Room (2018). She lives in Los Angeles.

Reviews

A masterpiece!--Naja Marie Aidt
The most intelligent and important woman writer our land has produced this century.--Thomas Bernhard
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 null-time, the abyss of twentieth-century trauma yawns wide open and engulfs her.--Tom McCarthy
Enigmatic, yet piercing: equal to the best of Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett.
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.--Dustin Illingworth"Detonating the Container of Consciousness" (06/18/2019)
Bachmann's vision is so original that the effect is like having a new letter of the alphabet.-- (06/29/2029)
A feminist classic.-- (07/09/2019)
Bachmann's only novel--set in Vienna and first published in 1971--takes on the vexed struggle between the sexes in a decaying city. Dense, compelling, often weirdly funny, a dark fairy tale told as a murder mystery. Rewarding and highly recommended.
Exhilarating and claustrophobic--Will Harrison