Fiction – Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

Ingeborg Bachmann
Male oscuro. Aufzeichnungen aus der Zeit der Krankheit

© Verlage Suhrkamp und Piper, Berlin/ München, 2017 Ingeborg Bachmann: Male oscuro. Aufzeichnungen aus der Zeit der Krankheit © Verlage Suhrkamp und Piper, Berlin / Munich, 2017The event of reediting or publishing for the first time the texts and letters of Ingeborg Bachmann, who died tragically in 1973, is surrounded by much talk of the scruples involved. And as if to pluck up the requisite courage, the editors, coordinated by Salzburg German scholar Hans Höller, have published private archive material from Bachmann’s worst years right at the beginning, material that has never been read before.
It comprises accounts of dreams, letters and speeches dating back to the time of her major breakdown following her separation from Max Frisch in 1962. Male oscuro is the title of the book that deals with the “dark evil” that never really released the author until her death. There are accusations against medicine and self-appeasement, notes from clinics and therapies, from an emotional prison to which there is no key. (…) In two texts resembling speeches, she outlines the therapeutic hell she suffered because medicine failed to see the physical and the psychological as a holistic entity. The way in which she deals with its misunderstandings and misdiagnoses seems as far ahead of her time as her dreams remain tied to the past.

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Ingeborg Bachmann
Male oscuro. Aufzeichnungen aus der Zeit der Krankheit
Verlage Suhrkamp und Piper, Berlin / Munich, 2017
ISBN 978-3-518-42602-9
259 pages