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FREE READ Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann FREE READ Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ingeborg Bachmann à 8 FREE READ G toward its riveting finale Malina brutally lays bare the struggle for love and the limits of discourse between women and me. 455Whenever I would pick this up a line or two of a poem kept ringing through my mind The title no matter how hard I tried would not come to mind Finally I took to Google and after a couple of searches found what I was looking for The poem is Translations by Adrienne Rich and a couple of lines match the tone of Malina incredibly wellCertain words occur enemy oven sorrowenough to let me knowshe s a woman of my timeobsessedwith Love our subjectwe ve trained it like ivy to our wallsbaked it like bread in our ovensworn it like lead on our ankleswatched it through binoculars as ifit were a helicopterbringing food to our famineor the satelliteof a hostile power Malina is in part a story of obsessive love The unnamed narrator longs for Ivan More than that she longs to be consumed by him to be nothing without him She writes Beauty is no longer flowing from me it could have flowed from me it came in waves to me from Ivan Ivan who is beautiful I have known one single beautiful human being nonetheless I have seen beauty in the final analysis even I become beautiful one single time through Ivan Has obsession ever ended happily The Unknown Woman refuses to call herself by any name because she sees herself not as an individual but as an extension of her love She refuses to find redemption through any source other than Ivan And it leads to her breakdown What a fascinating breakdown it is to watch Bachmann presents images in such an original fractured way She jumps from long breathless paragraphs to fragmented dialogue to at one point a musical score What s remarkable is how organic each jump and twist feels Malina doesn t feel like experimental fiction though the the term can be used it feels like the writing of a woman obsessed with Love Its style does not prevent it from articulating longing despair and sometimes hope instead it guides the feelings to their natural conclusion At times it s overdrawn and melodramatic hence the5 star missing but Bachmann never set up an action without feeling which is impressive considering how sterile experimental fiction can be But Malina isn t just an emotional love story it s also a heady allegory examining postwar guilt The Austrian narrator is happy with the Hungarian Ivan Her repeated visions of her father destroys the bond between the lovers She sees murders rewriting of history and most telling of all gas chambers The narrator feels the weight of history every time her father visits her dreams Guilt begins to drive her mad In the end Malina the historian view spoiler removes all record of her existence and possibly lets her die hide spoiler

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FREE READ Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann FREE READ Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ingeborg Bachmann à 8 FREE READ Ves with the androgynous Malina an initially remote and dispassionate man who ultimately becomes an ominous influence Plungin. Why Malina Has no Message for FeministsThe English translation of Malina ends with an academic essay intended to explain the book s cultural and historical references and also to help readers who may be confused by the book s experimental form and content The first purpose is reasonable for North American readers the second is ridiculous The book is hermetic desperately unhappy remorseless disconsolate dissociative and ambiguously realistic mythic and allegorical Those should all be signs that a brief explanation won t be helpful This is how Anderson summarizes the book s receptionTo those familiar with her poetry Malina seems the continuation in narrative of the problems and images informing the lyrical work of the 1950s To a new generation of feminist readers who had little patience with what they saw as her hermetic aestheticist poetry Malina and the other unfinished novels of the Death Styles cycle have come to stand for a radically other Bachmann the critic of patriarchal capitalist society where women are systematically denied a voice and language of their own To historians familiar with the art and philosophy of Hapsburg Vienna the novel represents a masterly synthesis of a distinctly Austrian tradition one that reached it apogee at the turn of the century in the work of Freud Musil Roth Schoenberg Wittgenstein Hofmannsthal and Kraus Finally to contemporary German writers as diverse as Christa Wolf Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke ot stands as an inspirational example for their own work pp 239 40Note that only one of these three the one attributed to feminist readers is an interpretation of the text itself Many of the reviews on and Goodreads are similarly concerned with gender roles The translation seems to be read as a memoir autobiography or trauma narrative A good exception to this is Life Or Thearer a review by Jennifer Krasinski in Bookforum SeptOctNov 2019 p 31 One reviewer on Goodreads puts it this wayThe generation Bachmann describes has made female victimhood an art form It grated on my nerves because I have been fighting my whole life both against the male attitude of condescension and property and the female passive voice of pleasurable suffering Look at me I am killed by male dominance Don t I look pretty in all my indignation Lisa on Goodreads 2018But Bachmann was much stranger than the pugilist advocate of women s rights imagined by online reviewers Readings like these are misguided because they project later desires for empowerment onto a text that is determinedly closed to meliorist narratives The novel continues to be taken as a prelude to some feminism but Malina does not imply any such future or hope It isn t about disempowerment gender roles or the lasting impact of child abuse in adult life Sarah Porter on Those are things the novel can only be about when it is read for use value by a 21st century audience accustomed to trauma narratives and self help books Malina itself does not want to be saved its narrator knows that the air we all breathe is poison Chapter 2 is full of scenes of violence incest rape and murder mostly centered on a father figure but as Peter Filkins wrote in the New York Times the narratorrealizes that the menace of her dreams is not my father It s my murderer The distinction is important For though Bachmann is clearly concerned with patriarchal power and the ravages of family violence inflicted upon women she also sees such issues as inextricably bound up with the violence done to both genders in the flawed if not fatal workings of society and history as well as the violence we do to and by words because we find it impossible to give full expression to such outrageLanguage itself for Bachmann is a form of violence a disease an expression of insanity The first uotation is Filkins s the second is Bachmann s Nor will it do to say that the two men in the narrator s life Ivan and Malina are absent or manipulative Ivan one of the two male characters cannot love anyone but his children even though the unnamed narrator declares her love for him but it is not at all clear that their miscommunication is a picture of conventional gender roles and the third character Malina is too strange and too nearly allegorical to be counted as an independent character at all Anderson thinks Malina is part of the narrator and that he s modeled on the Jungian anima There is some support for this in an interview with BachmannThe narrator herself does sometimes fit the model of trauma narratives she is in continuous crisis she cries she shakes she smokes drinks takes painkillers can t sleep or write And yet she doesn t communicate any better than the male characters This isn t feminist advocacy this is a world in which people try as best they can to remain minimally humanIn Bachmann s mind the poisons of language are personal in a way they aren t for Paul Celan There is an extended allegory of language and writing on pp 156 61 where the narrator tells the story of Otto Kranetizer a postal worker accused of hoarding unopened letters in his apartmentin every profession ie including writing there must be at least one man who lives in deep doubt and comes into a conflict Mail delivery the profession of a writer in particular would seem to reuire a latent angest a seismographic recording of emotional tremors which is otherwise accepted only in the higher and highest professions later described as professors of philosophy and science as if the mail couldn t have its own crisis no Thinking Wanting Being for it Denken Wollen Sein p 159 253 in the original see also Surika Simon Mail Orders The Fiction of Writing in Postmodern CultureThis is as close to Kafka as anyone in postwar fiction it s an extended allegory of artistic work as in Josephine the Singer or The Hunger Artist and it is infused with anxiety anger and fear What poisons the narrator in Malina is a different from what poisons words in CelanReadings of Malina that take their bearing from contemporary diary novels trauma narratives memoirs self help books or feminist theories draw on a simplified and domesticated sense of the book This novel is a tremendous achievement it is deeply experimental to the point of continuously undermining its supposedly secure three act form blithely announced at the beginning and elaborated by optimistic critics it is unsure of the relation between allegory dream and history and its story involving the narrator s death while living and her transformation into her spectral alter ego is darker than anything that a realist political or historical reading could use or comprehend Postscript 1 on metafictionI ll just close with two smaller points First Malina is a forerunner of the current interest in minimally fictional novels made popular by Ben Lerner At one point Ivan discovers notes for a manuscript the narrator intends to write called Todesarten Arts of Death or Death Styles which is the name of the trilogy of books Bachmann contemplated Malina is the only one she finished before she burned to death in her apartment in Rome on the ways people die while living through relationships by institutions and politics by language itself Ivan counsels the narrator to write a happy book instead Malina is not that book but the coincidence of the name of the book occurring in the book is parallel to Lerner s 1004 and other novels Writing the thinnest possible veneer of fiction on an experimental non linear narrative is one of several things Bachmann was experimenting with in the late 1960 s It would be interesting if the contemporary moment could acknowledge its belatednessPostscript 2 on humorAnd last I d also like to register that Malina has some very funny pages I cringe when reviewers say this sort of thing But Bachmann s humor comes from a desperate fear and hatred of people in general a kind of acidic combination of Kafka and Bernhard Here is her suggestion for how to write back to someone who blithely wishes you a happy birthday as so many social media sites do these daysDearYou wish me best wishes for my birthday Permit me to tell you how shocked I was precisely today To be sure I have no doubt as to your tact since I had the honor of meeting you some years ago However you are alluding to a day perhaps even a specific hour and an irrevocable moment which must have been a most private matter for my mother my father too as we may assume for the sake of propriety Naturally nothing in particular was shared with me about this day I just had to memorize a date which I have to write down on every registration form in every city in every country even if I m only passing through But I stopped passing through countries a long time ago p 90

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FREE READ Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann FREE READ Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ingeborg Bachmann à 8 FREE READ Bachmann tells the story of lives painfully intertwined the unnamed narrator haunted by nightmarish memories of her father li. It was murder It took me five months to finish this novel of internalised female pain I had to stop reading after a couple of pages to recover strength when I felt the swamp of passive negativity pull me down until I was choking desperately Why did I finish itMaybe I have a streak of masochism in me like the narrator of the novel Maybe I secretly identify with her loss of identity in a world where she can only exist as a foil for the men that navigate it around her Maybe I am stubborn to the point of self destructive behaviour wanting to finish each task no matter how idiotic it seems at times That personality trait definitely gave me my PhD degree and made me choose my profession and become uite decent at project management but it also made me finish books I don t like step into the 13th church in Rome when my brain is disintegrating and I can t even remember the name of the city I am speed touristing in I even finish knitting shawls I know I am not going to useThere is something compelling in this novel of complete surrender to negative emotion and passive endurance manifested in a lyrical language which convinces even when the narrative turns too bleak to be acceptable What is it thenI thought about it a lot over the five months it took me to read it What makes it a good novel even though I hated reading itSadly the answer is that I recognised the type of woman It is truthful The generation Ingeborg Bachman describes has made female victimhood an art form It grated on my nerves because I have been fighting my whole life both against the male attitude of condescension and property and the female passive voice of pleasurable sufferingLook at me I am killed by male dominance Don t I look pretty in all my indignationI acknowledge that this kind of literature had to be written and that Ingeborg Bachmann is a fabulous word magician I am just allergic to the dynamics she exposes That is not her fault she is so to say the faultless passive victim of my dislike I think she would have liked that