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Darkness Spoken: The Collected Poems

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Darkness Spoken brings together two previous collections and numerous uncollected poems, many in their first English translation, by Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachmann. Influence to prominent writers as Thomas Bernhard and Elfriede Jelinek, Bachmann belonged to the legendary literary circle Gruppe 47, a membership shared by Paul Celan and Günter Grass. These elegant poems are subtle philosophical inquiries as much as they are poetic investigations. In them, Bachmann struggles with the matter of language, nature, transcendence, the post-WWII condition, and "being." (Bachmann's doctoral thesis was on Heidegger — his influence on her own thought is marked.) This stunning collection of a sometimes-overlooked poet's work is long overdue.
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Darkness Spoken gathers together Ingeborg Bachmann’s two celebrated books of poetry, as well as early and late poems not collected in book form, over 100 of them appearing in English for the first time, as well as 25 poems never before published in German. Bachmann is considered one of the most important poets to emerge in postwar German letters, and this volume represents the largest collection available in English translation. Influencing numerous writers from Thomas Bernhard to Christa Wolf to Elfriede Jelinek (winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature), Bachmann’s poetic investigation into the nature and limits of language in the face of historical violence remains unmatched in its ability to combine philosophical insight with haunting lyricism.

Bachmann was born in 1926 in Klagenfurt, Austria. She studied philosophy at the universities of Innsbruck, Graz, and Vienna. In 1953 she received the poetry prize from Gruppe 47 for her first volume, Borrowed Time (Die gestundete Zeit). Her second collection, Invocation of the Great Bear (Anrufung des großen Bären), appeared in 1956. Her various awards include the Georg Büchner Prize, the Berlin Critics Prize, the Bremen Award, and the Austrian State Prize for Literature. Writing and publishing essays, opera libretti, short stories, and novels as well, she divided her time between Munich, Zurich, Berlin, and Rome, where she died from a fire in her apartment in 1973.

Peter Filkins has published two volumes of poetry, What She Knew (1998) and After Homer (2002), and has translated Bachmann’s The Book of Franza and Requiem for Fanny Goldmann. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Simon’s Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Synopsis:

Greatly expanded bilingual edition of the 1994 Marsilio edition, Songs in Flight.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Translated from the German by Peter Filkins. DARKNESS SPOKEN gathers together Ingeborg Bachmann's two celebrated books of poetry, as well as early and late poems not collected in book form, over one hundred of them appearing in English for the first time, as well as twenty-five poems never before published in German. Bachmann is considered one of the most important poets to emerge in post-war German letters, and this volume represents the largest collection available in English translation. Influencing numerous writers from Thomas Bernhard to Christa Wolf to Elfriede Jelinek (winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature), Bachmann's poetic investigation into the nature and limits of language in the face of historical violence remains unmatched in its ability to combine philosophical insight with haunting lyricism.

Synopsis:

Darkness Spokengathers together Ingeborg Bachmann's two celebrated books of poetry, as well as early and late poems not collected in book form, over 100 of them appearing in English for the first time, as well as 25 poems never before published in German. Bachmann is considered one of the most important poets to emerge in postwar German letters, and this volume represents the largest collection available in English translation. Influencing numerous writers from Thomas Bernhard to Christa Wolf to Elfriede Jelinek (winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature), Bachmann's poetic investigation into the nature and limits of language in the face of historical violence remains unmatched in its ability to combine philosophical insight with haunting lyricism.

Bachmann was born in 1926 in Klagenfurt, Austria. She studied philosophy at the universities of Innsbruck, Graz, and Vienna. In 1953 she received the poetry prize from Gruppe 47 for her first volume, Borrowed Time(Die gestundete Zeit). Her second collection, Invocation of the Great Bear(Anrufung des groen Bren), appeared in 1956. Her various awards include the Georg Bchner Prize, the Berlin Critics Prize, the Bremen Award, and the Austrian State Prize for Literature. Writing and publishing essays, opera libretti, short stories, and novels as well, she divided her time between Munich, Zurich, Berlin, and Rome, where she died from a fire in her apartment in 1973.

Peter Filkinshas published two volumes of poetry, What She Knew(1998) and After Homer(2002), and has translated Bachmann's The Book of Franzaand Requiem for Fanny Goldmann. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

About the Author

A contemporary of Paul Celan, born in 1926, in 1953 received the poetry prize from Grupe 47. Her other awards include the Georg Buchner prize, the Berlin Critics Prize, the Bremen Award, and the Austrian State Prize for Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780939010844
Author:
Bachmann, Ingeborg
Publisher:
Zephyr Press (AZ)
Translator:
Filkins, Peter
Foreword by:
Simic, Charles
Foreword:
Simic, Charles
Author:
Filkins, Peter
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 BandW photographs
Pages:
688
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x 1.6 in 26.5 oz

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Darkness Spoken brings together two previous collections and numerous uncollected poems, many in their first English translation, by Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachmann. Influence to prominent writers as Thomas Bernhard and Elfriede Jelinek, Bachmann belonged to the legendary literary circle Gruppe 47, a membership shared by Paul Celan and Günter Grass. These elegant poems are subtle philosophical inquiries as much as they are poetic investigations. In them, Bachmann struggles with the matter of language, nature, transcendence, the post-WWII condition, and "being." (Bachmann's doctoral thesis was on Heidegger — his influence on her own thought is marked.) This stunning collection of a sometimes-overlooked poet's work is long overdue.

"Synopsis" by ,
Greatly expanded bilingual edition of the 1994 Marsilio edition, Songs in Flight.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Translated from the German by Peter Filkins. DARKNESS SPOKEN gathers together Ingeborg Bachmann's two celebrated books of poetry, as well as early and late poems not collected in book form, over one hundred of them appearing in English for the first time, as well as twenty-five poems never before published in German. Bachmann is considered one of the most important poets to emerge in post-war German letters, and this volume represents the largest collection available in English translation. Influencing numerous writers from Thomas Bernhard to Christa Wolf to Elfriede Jelinek (winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature), Bachmann's poetic investigation into the nature and limits of language in the face of historical violence remains unmatched in its ability to combine philosophical insight with haunting lyricism.
"Synopsis" by , Darkness Spokengathers together Ingeborg Bachmann's two celebrated books of poetry, as well as early and late poems not collected in book form, over 100 of them appearing in English for the first time, as well as 25 poems never before published in German. Bachmann is considered one of the most important poets to emerge in postwar German letters, and this volume represents the largest collection available in English translation. Influencing numerous writers from Thomas Bernhard to Christa Wolf to Elfriede Jelinek (winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature), Bachmann's poetic investigation into the nature and limits of language in the face of historical violence remains unmatched in its ability to combine philosophical insight with haunting lyricism.

Bachmann was born in 1926 in Klagenfurt, Austria. She studied philosophy at the universities of Innsbruck, Graz, and Vienna. In 1953 she received the poetry prize from Gruppe 47 for her first volume, Borrowed Time(Die gestundete Zeit). Her second collection, Invocation of the Great Bear(Anrufung des groen Bren), appeared in 1956. Her various awards include the Georg Bchner Prize, the Berlin Critics Prize, the Bremen Award, and the Austrian State Prize for Literature. Writing and publishing essays, opera libretti, short stories, and novels as well, she divided her time between Munich, Zurich, Berlin, and Rome, where she died from a fire in her apartment in 1973.

Peter Filkinshas published two volumes of poetry, What She Knew(1998) and After Homer(2002), and has translated Bachmann's The Book of Franzaand Requiem for Fanny Goldmann. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Translation Award from the American Literary Translators Association and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. He teaches at Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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