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Sundry Meditations; THE THIRTIETH YEAR. By Ingeborg Bachmann. Translated from the German by Michael Bullock. pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $ The title story itself is a thesis in introspection of a man almost dead to life in his thirtieth year. One of the most successful of the seven stories is A Wildermuth. The Thirtieth Year [stories]. Ingeborg Bachmann, translated from the German by Michael Bullock and with an introduction by Karen Achberger.

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They do not bring a wistful tear to the eye. I was not wrong.

Then the result is a continual cheap agreement between object and word, feeling and word, deed and word. This story had one of my favourite first sentences — it was actually the second sentence, but I am taking poetic licence here: A good poem is like an onion. Thanks to German Lit month to bring out all these wonderful writers.

There is a lot of warmth and love in that conversation. Fascism lies at the root of the relationship between a man and a woman….


It is about a man who turns thirty and looks back at his past life a I have heard of Ingeborg Bachmann before, but I have never got around to reading her books. On the outside, both are pleasingly smooth and intriguing, and they become more yeaar more so, as their successive layers of meaning are revealed.

Dec 14, Sema rated it really liked it. It must be set for medium temperatures, medium looks, medium words.

It is like having an intellectual conversation with a philosopher who shares her profound insights on the human condition. There must first be something on the other side for a truth to exist. I want to read it. Once the son is born and is growing up, the father realizes that the boy isn’t exceptional and becomes disappointed.


My favourite lines from the story were these: It is about a happily married ingeorg Charlotte, who during the course of an evening, finds herself attracted towards another woman, an attraction which throws light on her present life.

Glad to know that you liked it.

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It brought back the stories and their magic. From the end of on Bachmann resided in Rome. Tornando alla Bachmann, poetessa di spicco del Ingebog 47, in questo volume ha sperimentato con successo una prosa di sofferenza e tensione esistenziale.

Then the result is a continual cheap agreement between object and word, feeling and word, deed and word. To procreate a child.

I suspect it’s her exploration of themes such as the choices made by successful people, and the consequences of those choices, difficulties in communicating, questions of language and translation – topics that resonate with me for one reason or another.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The truth can be defined only in respect of point-like, minute moments of action, steps in the process of feeling, the most minute steps, about one drop after another out of the thought stream. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: They may seem too cerebral because of the change from a powerful modern German into an awkward English.

She was unredeemable and nobody should have the effrontery to redeem her…. And the transformative effect that emanates from new works leads us to new perception, to a new feeling, new consciousness. And yet, in the beauty of her images there is a tremendous affirmation of the world. Wherever it has come into being they have quarrelled with it.

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The second part of the story is a philosophical meditation on the nature of truth and whether it can be really ascertained. Both so different and both such a pleasure to read. And that might have been a good thing, then I should have thought of something new. These are handwritings, the only ones. Is that modest enough? Despite her precarious health—she was addicted to pills for years following a faulty medical procedure—she traveled to Poland in It is about a man who turns thirty and looks back at his past life and remembers his old friends and enemies and the beautiful moments and love he had and the quarrels he got into.

Di come nella vita si cambi e comunque si sia perfettamente in grado, lungo tutto l’arco della propria esistenza, di non avere le idee chiare.

The Thirtieth Year: Stories

You make this sound so good! Notify me of new comments via email. These stories are probably not for everyone, but I still return to this collection every few years. It expected nothing, demanded nothing and gave nothing. Swarms of locusts have descended upon the fields and left the trail of their devouring. Men do not love freedom. Schlegel-Tieck Prize for Michael Bullock Hat dieser Mehlwurm von einem Mann keine anderen Probleme?

But they were also very beautiful, thought provoking and rewarding too. A wife’s empting initiation into a lesbian friendship constitutes the careful revelation of Step Towards Gomorrah.

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