Ingeborg Bachmann

Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973) is one of post-war Germany’s most important writers. Although Austrian by birth, she made her mark as a poet in Germany in the 1950s and went on to write radio plays, libretti, short stories, and novels. In 1978 a four-volume edition of her work was published, prompting a new and enthusiastic feminist reception of her writing. The Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, established in 1977 by the city of Klagenfurt, is Austria’s most prestigious literary distinction.


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