Malina - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)Ingeborg Bachmann (author)
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Part detective novel, part love story, part psychoanalytic case study, Malina is a staggering portrait of a writer trying to tell her own story in a world dominated by men.
'I was subordinate to him from the beginning, and I must have known early on that he was destined to be my doom'
A woman in postwar Vienna walks a tightrope between the two men in her life. There is her lover Ivan, beautiful and unavailable, who obsesses her. And there is Malina, the civil servant with whom she shares an apartment: reserved, fastidious, exacting, chillingly calm. As the balance of power between them starts to shift, she feels her fragile identity unravelling, gradually revealing the dark, bruised heart of her past.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 224 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
'A portrait, in language, of female consciousness, truer than anything written since Sappho's Fragment 31. Once you're in, you're in ... You're racing along, deep in the rhythms of the narrator's thoughts, which are bone-true and demonically intelligent.' - Rachel Kushner, author of The Mars Room
'If I was permitted to keep one book only it would be Malina. Malina has everything.' - Claire-Louise Bennett, author of Pond
'A writer of genius.' - The New York Times
'Rare and strong.' - Los Angeles Times
'It seems in Malina there is nothing Bachmann cannot do with words.' - New York Review of Books
'A passionate tour de force.' - Village Voice
'An intense, courageous novel, equal to the best of Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett.' - The New York Times
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