This is collection of the stories written by a distinguished German author who died in Reading these stories entails abandoning the terms of one's own comfort. The author's relentless vision demands that readers allows themselves to be hypnotised, taken over by her repetitive cadences and burning images of grief and loss. And yet, in the beauty of her images there is a tremendous affirmation of the world. They are rather moments of reflection, lyrical impressions, monologues, and tightly composed images to suggest a radical rebellion against that worst of all possible worlds in which the protagonists find themselves.
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MOST of these stories by Ingeborg Bachmann, the Austrian poet and playwright, might be called meditations on universal themes. There is very little in them of developed characterization or conventional actiom Personalities and incidents serve metaphoric truth; an aspect of human experienceis abstracted, dramatized, summarized.
The membership is united in a compelling need to talk. It is given to aggressive explanation and apparently rational argument. The meetings, the talks are an attempt to oblit erate the past or to alter one's role in it. Individual members try to hide their true feelings from one another and even from themselves.
The murder and madness of the past are seemingly explained away. The story pleads for any man, a murderer or madman in his emotions and desires, who will choose not to act. Such a man will reject guiilt If he becomes a victim—the author asks—who can say he has been sacrificed to nothing? By a logical accident another young man dies, he comes alive to himself. Paradox is an important element in these stories. Whatever the question, it is resolved always by the difficult choice or the uncomfortable insight.
No doubt the more abstract stories lose something in translation. Miss Bachmann's approach suggests a reliance upon the allusive properties of language.
Some of these pieces seem lacking in nuance and overtone. But even as matters stand, a poet's style is established, formal and artificial in the best sense, working to create a reality as much as to reflect one.
The concern is with characterization and with social and psychological factors. Still, trust Miss Bachmann not to make a case history; individuality, personal freedom, power and responsibility are among the concepts importantly touched upon.
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The Thirtieth Year by Bachmann Ingeborg
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Thirtieth Year : Stories by Ingeborg Bachmann
MOST of these stories by Ingeborg Bachmann, the Austrian poet and playwright, might be called meditations on universal themes. There is very little in them of developed characterization or conventional actiom Personalities and incidents serve metaphoric truth; an aspect of human experienceis abstracted, dramatized, summarized. The membership is united in a compelling need to talk. It is given to aggressive explanation and apparently rational argument.
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November 11, by Vishy. I have heard of Ingeborg Bachmann before, but I have never got around to reading her books. It is a collection of short stories. Some of them are short, but most of them are around pages.