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Three paths to the lake
Bachmann, Ingeborg, 1926-1973.
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New York : Holmes & Meier, [1988]

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Translation of: Simultan.
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Ingeborg Bachmann was born in the Austrian town of Klagenfurt, in 1926. As a young women she moved to Vienna to study philosophy. After World War II, she moved to West Berlin, where her first volume of poetry, Die gestundete Zeit (On Borrowed Time, 1953), received the prestigious Group 47 prize. Bachmann also published fiction, radio plays, and songs.

Like most writers who lived under Nazism, Bachmann often distrusts her society and its institutions. Her rebellion, however, has not taken the form of political activism but of a romantic longing for the absolute. Her verse, notable for its strong rhythms, usually employs traditional forms. She excels in describing landscapes.

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This sensitively translated collection of seven short stories, originally published in 1961 by one of Austria's most celebrated and influential women's voices, is a richly varied series of narratives. Bachmann treats themes such as growing up in wartime Austria, coming to terms with maturity (as in the title story), and probing the mysteries of unorthodox relationships. She excels at describing idealistic men and women, resisting but finally making their peace with compromise in a material world. The poignancy of rejection and its devastating results confront the reader in the stories titled ``Everything'' and ``Undine,'' while ``Among Murderers and Madmen'' reveals how little the war has changed the attitudes of modern men. Intensely felt, uncomfortable, stylistically brilliant, resonant and imaginative, these influential stories on the outer edge of the expressive possibilities of language merit inclusion in every collection of contemporary literature.-E. Glass, Rosemont College