Three Paths to the LakeIngeborg Bachmann
translated by Mary Fran Gilbert
Three Paths to the Lake, Ingeborg Bachmann's second and final collection of short stories, consists of five narratives about the lives and loves of five different women. Socially uprooted and emotionally isolated, each protagonist struggles with possibilities for survival in the 1960s. Bachmann's portraits reflect a compassionate yet unswerving perception of humanity.
"[A] complex, finely wrought collection... Imaginative and evocative... This powerful book could well become a classic."
"[Bachmann's prose] is acute and moving... She manages to convey that her
women are playing out the Europe of their time and of before their time."
Ingeborg Bachmann received the Gruppe 47's annual prize while still in her twenties
and was one of the first writers to deliver the now legendary Frankfurt lectures on poetics and
to receive the prestigious Georg Büchner Prize.
Portico Paperbacks 212pp.
ISBN 0-8419-1070-7 • $29.95 (cloth)
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