THE MANY FACES OF INGEBORG BACHMANN
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Ingeborg Bachmann’s death. The famous Austrian poet and author died in the Roman Sant’ Eugenio hospital on 17 October 1973, three weeks after a fire in her bedroom. Local police concluded that the blaze was caused by a lit cigarette.
May her soul rest in peace.
“Our field is the sky,
tilled by the sweat of motors,
in the face of night,
at the risk of our dreams—-
…. … … … …
Who lived there? Whose hands were pure?
Who glowed in the night,
A ghost to other ghosts?
Who lives down below? Who cries….
Who has lost the key to their house?
Who can’t find their bed, who is sleeping
on the steps of the stairs?
When morning comes, who will dare
interpret the silvery trace: look above me…
When the water pushes the watermill wheel once again,
who will dare remember the night?”
― Ingeborg Bachmann, In the Storm of Roses: Selected Poems
#1: © Barbara Pflaum, 1971, Bachmann receiving Anton Wildgans Prize of Austrian Industry
#2: Unknown photographer, undated, 'Spiegelbild'
#3: © Piper Verlag / ddp, undated, Portrait
#4: Unknown photographer, 1962, Kurt Saucke shows Bachmann his favourite books
#5: Unknown photographer, undated, Ingeborg Bachmann working on typewriter
#6: Unknown photographer, undated, Unknown publication
#7: © Bachmann-Erben, summer 1970, Bachmann reading Italian newspaper
#8: © Bachmann-Erben, 1959, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Bachmann, Günter Grass
#9: © Hans Müller / Piper Verlag, ca. 1952, Reinhard Federmann, Milo Dor, Ingeborg Bachmann, Paul Celan
#10: © Bachmann-Erben, undated, Bachmann as a kid, Wörthersee, Austria
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