Correspondence between Ingeborg Bachmann and Max Frisch


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


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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