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Malina [a novel]

Ingeborg Bachmann, translated from the German by Philip Boehm and with an afterword by Mark Anderson
Malina [a novel]
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1189-5
1990/244 pages/LC: 904953
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"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

"Malina, a magnificently orchestrated book, ranks with the best of contempoary European fiction."—Walter Abish


The narrator of Ingeborg Bachmann's stunning novel, Malina, tells the story of the triangle that forms between herself, the shadowy Malina, and Ivan, the man with whom she is involved. Plunging toward its riveting finale, Malina lays bare the struggle for love and the limits of discourse between women and men. A masterpiece of contemporary fiction, Malina has been translated into ten languages.


Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973), a native of Austria, is acknowledged as one of the most gifted writers of twentieth century German literature. Her eclectic body of work included poetry, opera librettos, and her collections of short stories, The Thirtieth Year and Three Paths to the Lake. The "first lady" of the renowned Group 47, her influence extended to such major writers as Günter Grass, Uwe Johnson, and Christa Wolf.