With Letters from Jack Hamesh
Edited and with an Afterword by Hans Höller
‘Far from the elliptical voice most readily associated with Bachmann, one is struck by the directness and simple honesty of [War Diary]; the passions, stubbornness, and humor of a young woman, and her real fear, are all profoundly moving. But one also gets a sense of her literary tastes at this time (Baudelaire, Rilke and Mann) and the philosophical fascination which would lead to her academic career and, one might add, the clarity and precision of her later writing.’ —Modern Poetry in Translation
‘Bachmann is a highly performative writer, and it is fascinating to read this early, apparently private document against the many personae and ironies of her later work.’ —Jessie Ferguson, Quarterly Conversation
‘A minor sensation that will make literary history. Thanks to the excellent critical commentary, we gain a sense of a period in history and in Bachmann’s life that reached deep into her later work [. . .] What makes these diary entries so special is [. . .] the detail of the resistance described, the exhilaration of unexpected peace, the joy of freedom.’ —Die Zeit, on the German edition
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