Correspondence between Ingeborg Bachmann and Max Frisch

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The only picture showing Max Frisch and Ingeborg Bachmann together, taken in Rome in 1962.

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Daniel ArnettEditor of the Sunday Blick magazine

It is the sensation of this autumn of books: the publication of the correspondence between the Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973) and the Swiss writer Max Frisch (1911-1991). From the middle of 1958 to the end of 1962 they form an intellectual model couple in the German-speaking world.

But much remains hidden. There is only one photo that shows them together – he with a pipe in his mouth, she on the edge of the picture. Almost symbolic for the later reading of the relationship. After the final sentence: “It was murder” in the novel “Raspberry” (1971), Bachmann’s literary treatment of the time they shared, and her early death by fire in Rome in 1973, it is clear to many: Macho Frisch pushed her out of life.

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