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Letters to Felician
Series No.: 126
ISBN: 978-1-931243-16-2, Pages: 95
Austrian Literature, Fiction
Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973) was one of the major writers of the 20th century in both poetry and fiction. Letters to Felician was written, chronologically and conceptually, just before Bachmann shifted from poetry to prose, making it an important document for reading her later work. Passionate declarations of love to a male figure, Felician, these fictional letters—written when Bachmann was only 18 and 19 years of age—are also a hymn to the beauty of southern Austria, underlying Bachmann’s utopian visions of her later work.
Among Bachmann’s important other writings are, in English translation, Last Living Words: The Ingeborg Bachmann Reader, Songs in Flight (collected poems), The Thirtieth Year, The Book of Franza & Requiem for Fanny Goldman, Malina, and Three Paths to the Lake (short stories).
Translator Damion Searls lives in Oakland, California.
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