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Part detective novel, part love story, part psychoanalytic case study, Bachmann's 1971 masterpiece brings us to the broken heart of human experience, eros, neurosis and history.

Here is the story of lives painfully intertwined.

An unnamed narrator is haunted by nightmarish memories of her father and desperate for the attentions of her lover. Her only companion is the androgynous Malina with whom she lives, an initially remote and dispassionate man who ultimately becomes an ominous influence. Plunging towards its riveting finale, Malina lays bare the struggle for love and the limits of discourse between men and women.

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An intense, courageous novel, equal to the best of Virginia Woolf and Samuel Beckett

The New York Times

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    9780241366240

    June 27, 2019

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    304 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Malina
    Ingeborg Bachmann

    EBook

    9780241366257

    June 27, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

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