Malina. Das ist kein Liebesroman

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»Ich werde Ihnen ein furchtbares Geheimnis verraten: die Sprache ist die Strafe. In sie müssen alle Dinge eingehen und in ihr müssen sie wieder vergehen nach ihrer Schuld und dem Ausmaß ihrer Schuld.«

— »Malina«, Ingeborg Bachmann

Malina was published in 1971 and is the first and only novel by the Austrian poet Ingeborg Bachman. The book is often read as a story about love. But it is rather an important testimony to post-war literature: the female first-person narrator delicately takes apart the myth of coming to terms with the past. In doing so, she finds a language that makes the experience of violence describable.

In 9 meetings we read Malina together. Piece by piece. Each session will be devoted to about 40 pages of the novel (Suhrkamp Taschenbuch, 1980). Each meeting is accompanied by a moderator. The moderator will set his or her own focus on the respective section of the novel. So we will always have a close reading of 2 to 3 pages per meeting and discuss what we have read.

The first meeting will be moderated by author and journalist Evan Tepest.

Reading group with contributions by Dorothee Elmiger, Heike Geißler, Mascha Jacobs, Monika Rinck, Tanasgol Sabbagh, Simone Scharbert, Gerhild Steinbuch, Karosh Taha, Evan Tepest.


Next dates
Monday, October 30, 7 pm, with Monika Rinck
Monday, November 13, 7 pm, with Heike Geißler
Monday, November 27, 7 pm, with Simone Scharbert
Monday, December 11, 7 pm, with Dorothee Elminger


Malina. Das ist kein Liebesroman wird gefördert durch den Deutschen Literaturfonds.