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Darkness Spoken: Collected Poems of Ingeborg Bachmann

Darkness Spoken: Collected Poems of Ingeborg Bachmann

By Ingeborg Bachmann
Translated by Peter Filkins

Darkness Spoken gathers together Bachmann’s two celebrated books of poetry, as well as the early and late poems not collected in book form. This new, expanded edition contains 129 poems recently released from Bachmann’s archives and which have never before been translated. Twenty-five of these also appear in German in this bilingual edition for the first time anywhere. The addition of these new poems will help expand awareness of Bachmann’s development as a writer, as well as the fact that she continued to write poetry throughout her career, even while developing the ideas for her groundbreaking novels. Just as Bachmann’s Malina sought to expand the possibilities of the novel, Darkness Spoken contains the bedrock of a vision as far reaching as it is indelible, and as uncompromising as it is bound to hope. Through translation of the poems, scholarly notes, and a critical introduction, this volume will supply the foundation necessary to draw attention to Bachmann’s achievement on the part of readers and critics alike.

Paperback
688 pages
Zephyr Press, 2005
Text in English and German
5.5 x 8.2 inches
ISBN 9780939010844
Poetry

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