Darkness Spoken: The Collected Poems - Ingeborg Bachmann

Darkness Spoken: The Collected Poems - Ingeborg Bachmann

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Darkness Spoken gathers together Ingeborg Bachmann’s two celebrated books of poetry, as well as early and late poems not collected in book form, over 100 of them appearing in English for the first time, as well as 25 poems never before published in German. Bachmann is considered one of the most important poets to emerge in postwar German letters, and this volume represents the largest collection available in English translation. Influencing numerous writers from Thomas Bernhard to Christa Wolf to Elfriede Jelinek (winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature), Bachmann’s poetic investigation into the nature and limits of language in the face of historical violence remains unmatched in its ability to combine philosophical insight with haunting lyricism.

This is a bilingual edition, translated by Peter Filkins.


Zephyr Press. 2005. 688 pages. Paperback.