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"Tre sentieri per il lago"

di Ingeborg Bachmann

Adelphi Editore -  1994  -  pag. 237  

the 5 Viennese women

"The stories of Three paths to the lake ... are one of the great narrative collections of our century.
Without knowing it and wanting it, Bachmann moved a little away from herself: she canceled or blurred the obsession in which she had lived; and the last story, which gives the title to the Italian collection, is in some way a reconciliation with the paternal figure and with maternal Austria, although the meeting and the farewell are so painful "(Pietro Citati).
His journey with his friend Frankle from Rome to Maratea instead becomes for the translator Nadia (in the story "Simultaneous") the moment when, in the presence of the statue of Christ, she lies down on the ground with her arms extended, she crucifies herself and " it destroys "and recognizes, she believes feminist, the" patriarchal reality ".
Protected by these vivid shadows, Bachmann has succeeded in approaching the dark and silent center of the feminine nebula with clairvoyance, to that very close intertwining of vitality and despair that is manifested here in the destinies of her five "Viennese women".
(text taken from the cover of the revised and corrected book by the editor)



Ingeborg Bachmann 
Ingeborg Bachmann, born in Carinthia in 1926, was a writer, poet, radio host and radio program author.
He began very young, with a collection of poems, immediately touching the peaks of modern opera and immediately triggering his fame.
In the last years of his life, tragically interrupted in 1973, he devoted himself to prose, with an important novel of which the first part remains, Malina, and a few, but long, other chapters; in parallel he wrote five stories of women, who went to make up his latest book, whose title, "Tre sentiero per il lago", recalls that of the final story, the longest and most articulate.
In Bachmann's style, airy and precise, in his penetrating gaze, which does not want to spare anything, we feel the great legacy of clarity and lucidity that belongs to his Viennese masters: first of all Musil and Roth (and the homage to Roth is evident here in the longer story, where the male protagonist is a last representative of Trotta, the family of which we know the saga through Radeszky's La Marcia and La Cripta dei Cappuccini).
Ingeborg Bachmann is one of the leading writers in the German language and is dedicated to the literary competition that is held annually in her hometown of Klagenfurt in Carinthia (Austria) on the anniversary of her birthday.