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SimultanAtz sum Patriarchat solange es diesen Neuen Mann nicht gab konnte man nur freundlich sein und gut zueinander eine Weile Mehr war nicht daraus zu machen und es sollten die Frauen und die Männer am besten Abstand halt. My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Being a Demivierge

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Haben sie das Thema der von der Männergesellschaft verletzten im Leben behinderten Frau gemeinsam In der umfangreichsten Erzählung des Bandes Drei Wege zum See findet sich denn auch der vorläufig abschliessende S. I read this as part of the German Literature Month 2013 GLM3 which has been an enjoyable experience and well worth checking out I had several German language books already on my TBR list so I had no problem finding books to read However this year the organisers wanted reviewers to include female writers than in previous years When I looked at my 'read' list I noticed that I hadn't read a single book by a female German writer which surprised me I had started The Piano Teacher a few years ago but abandoned it for some reason Since I started actively looking for female German language writers I've found uite a few that have piued my interest and I shall probably try The Piano Teacher again It's strange though and something I'd never noticed before that male German writers seems to overshadow female German writersAnother thing that I've noticed is that a lot of the German language books that I've read and those that I want to read seem to be Austrian writers Of the four that I've included in GLM3 three are Austrian writers Adalbert Stifter Robert Musil Ingeborg Bachmann the other one Herta Müller is Romanian Other books that were on my list were also by Austrian writers eg Joseph Roth Thomas Bernhard Stefan Zweig I hadn't noticed just how many great writers were AustrianAnyway on with this book The English title is Three Paths to the Lake and the original German title is Simultan originally published in 1972 It's a short story collection consisting of five stories Word for Word Problems Problems Eyes to Wonder The Barking and Three Paths to the LakeSo Word for Word kicks off the collection and tells the story of Nadja an interpreter travelling in Italy with a recent male acuaintance or casual boyfriend Ludwig Frankel The narrative is mostly stream of consciousness with current observations recent memories older memories thoughts and multi lingual musings along the way; occasionally the narrative is from Ludwig's perspective Although Nadja and Ludwig get on together reasonably well there's no real connection between them When they go to see a stone figure of Christ on a hilltop she refuses to go to the top claiming she's dizzy; when Ludwig returns he exults over the view They prepare to return to Rome Nadja has a mini crisis when she fails to translate an Italian sentence from a bible and when they leave a bar she mishears chants of 'Adorni' a cyclist as 'Auguri' Problems Problems is an amusing narrative from Beatrix's point of view She's a female Oblomov who likes sleeping and not much else as everything seems to be too much trouble She certainly doesn't want to work with other people as they 'smelled bad' She does like getting her hair and nails done though and this is where she heads off to in the latter part of the story She intends to meet her 'boyfriend' Erich who's already married to a suicidal wife Only it all ends up a bit of a disaster Eyes to Wonder is a story about Miranda whose eyesight is deteriorating; yet she doesn't like wearing glasses or contact lenses as she finds normal vision horrific She thinks she sees things better her way The Barking concerns 'Old Frau Jordan' an eighty year old mother to Leo a professor who rarely visits her She lives off of the money provided by Leo and is slightly scared of him Leo's latest wife Franziska starts to visit Frau Jordan and gets to know her; she helps her out as well though Frau Jordan is eager that Leo doesn't know about it As Franziska gets to know the old woman she hears stories about Leo's childhood his father's early death and his mother's early life raising Leo on her own The old woman begins hearing dogs barking when others can't hear them They think she wants a dog as a pet but she doesn't The visits from Franziska end and eventually the old woman diesThe longest story at 95 pages is Three Paths to the Lake It's from Elisabeth Matrei's point of view a fifty year old journalist who's visiting her elderly father in her childhood home on the edge of a town near a lake and mountains Elisabeth has travelled a lot and has had many lovers and a failed marriage In the story we learn about Elisabeth's past and current life in Paris She takes daily walks in the countryside sometimes with her father but often alone she enjoys the solitude She decides to return home after a week has an interesting meeting at the airport with someone from her past and finds out that things have changed at home on her returnThe middle three stories were probably my favourites as I thought they worked better as short stories The last story was good but I found that Elisabeth's memories of her love affairs and early life were not as interesting as the relationships between herself her father and brother The first story was for me the weakest though still good Overall this was a really good short story collection that concentrated mainly on flawed female characters and was well worth reading; I shall have to read of her books

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characters Simultan ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ô Ingeborg Bachmann veröffentlichte 1972 mit Simultan ihren zweiten Erzählungsband der ihre letzte Buchveröffentlichung seit dem Ende der sechziger Jahre parallel zu den Arbeiten am Todesarten Projekt war Mit diesem haben sie das Thema der von der Männergesellschaft verletzten iIngeborg Bachmann veröffentlichte 1972 mit Simultan ihren zweiten Erzählungsband der ihre letzte Buchveröffentlichung seit dem Ende der sechziger Jahre parallel zu den Arbeiten am Todesarten Projekt war Mit diesem. The story is about Elisabeth's trip to Klagenfurt Austria to visit her father Herr Matrei but features a number of stream of consciousness digressions into Elisabeth's storied past Her father is a wealthy but somewhat provincial and old fashioned Austrian man Elisabeth now 50 left home at an early age and became a famous photographer's apprentice living the cosmopolitan high life rubbing shoulders with fashionistas and high profile businessmen before becoming a journalist The story's various digressions feature a number of dialogues that Elisabeth recalls with her long list of lovers most of whom she feels apathetic towards Most prominently she feels pangs of sadness when recalling those interactions with Franz Joseph Trotta who the reader learns is a sort of one who got away figure in her life He besides not being one of the many weak enervated men that bored Elisabeth challenged her intellectually; he was very critical of her journalistic work covering the Algerian war which he saw as gratuitous sensational and soon to be forgotten coverage of war imagery that provided only macabre shock value to smug Parisians The reader learns in bits in pieces that Trotta left her abruptly and if I didn't misread killed himself His sudden disappearance from her life pained her deeply After seeing a therapist “she took her certified 'lucidity' back to Paris full of optimism for nothing had happened to her which did not inevitably happen to everyone else The next day she suddenly broke down overcome by a state of panic because her clearsightedness couldn't change the fact that a person she had come to think of as an integral part of herself had discarded her that she was incapable of overcoming such a simple loss after a much difficult major loss She suffered as though from an amputation once in a daze sitting helplessly by the telephone for days on end” We learn late in the story that her visit back home made her so listless and melancholy among many reasons because her father reminded her so much of Trotta – they seemed to share a similar traditionalist aestheticThat aesthetic palpable in the story though never explicitly articulated I think is core to the thematic conflict between provincialism and cosmopolitanism that Bachmann explores Elisabeth is a modern worldly and well traveled woman who lived her life in fleeting episodes wining and dining with all the right people but finds herself inarticulably lonely and apathetic later in life Early in the story the author notes how she could call upon any number of half acuaintances for a place to stay nearly anywhere in the world but felt close to none of them The author notes also how Elisabeth grew weary of traveling because of all the languages she would hear through the airports and how it made her feel like a stranger Trotta once told her “I've found out that I don't belong anywhere any I don't long to be anywhere but I used to think I had a heart and I belonged in Austria But it all comes to an end you lose both heart and soul and now there is something bleeding to death inside me but I don't know what it is”And it's precisely this feeling that Trotta who I think serves as Bachmann's mouthpiece expresses that gets to the heart of what Elisabeth feels She has traveled and experienced so much of the supposed high life but has failed to lay down lasting roots anywhere More tragically she so unconsciously embodies these modern cosmopolitan bourgeois values that she is unable to find accept or feel love for the rest of her life In the end it's Herr Matrei's love for Elisabeth and her brother that seems to move her briefly But tragically she is unable to accept this love and cuts her visit short with a fabricated telegram from her employer summoning her back to ParisBachmann's exploration of provincialism and accompanying traditional values versus cosmopolitanism and its superficial attractiveness but ultimate meaninglessness is gripping if somewhat wanting of a true resolution Perhaps it is because there can be no true resolution in our globalized societyFor anyone willing to put up with what is sometimes a frustratingly stream of consciousness style of writing Three Paths to the Lake is a deeply moving story