|born on||25 June 1926 at 20:23 (= 8:23 PM )|
|Place||Klagenfurt, Austria, 46n37, 14e18|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||03°27' 02°26 Asc. 10°34'|
Austrian poet and author whose literary work focuses on themes like personal boundaries, establishment of the truth, and philosophy of language, the latter in the tradition of Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Many of her prose works represent the struggles of women to survive and to find a voice in post-war society. She also addresses the histories of imperialism and fascism, in particular, the persistence of imperialist ideas in the present.
She studied philosophy, psychology, German philology, and law at the universities of Innsbruck, Graz, and Vienna. In 1949, she received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Vienna with her dissertation titled "The Critical Reception of the Existential Philosophy of Martin Heidegger".
After graduating, Bachmann worked as a scriptwriter and editor at the Allied radio station Rot-Weiss-Rot, a job that enabled her to obtain an overview of contemporary literature and also supplied her with a decent income, making possible proper literary work. Furthermore, her first radio dramas were published by the station. Her literary career was enhanced by contact with Hans Weigel (littérateur and sponsor of young post-war literature) and the legendary literary circle known as Gruppe 47, whose members also included Ilse Aichinger, Paul Celan, Heinrich Böll, Marcel Reich-Ranicki and Günter Grass.
In 1953, she moved to Rome, Italy, where she spent the large part of the following years working on poems, essays and short stories as well as opera libretti in collaboration with Hans Werner Henze, which soon brought with them international fame and numerous awards. Her relationship with the Swiss author Max Frisch (1911–1991) influenced the depiction of the second protagonist in Frisch's 1964 novel Gantenbein upon her. His infidelity, and their separation in 1962, had a deep impact on Bachmann.
On the night of 25/26 September 1973 a fire occurred in her bedroom, and she was taken to the Roman Sant' Eugenio hospital for treatment. (Local police concluded that the blaze was caused by a cigarette.) During her stay, she experienced withdrawal symptoms complicated from barbiturate substance abuse. The doctors treating her were not aware of this habit, and it may have contributed to her subsequent death on 17 October 1973 at age 47.
- lover relationship with Frisch, Max (born 15 May 1911). Notes: ended difficult for her in 1962
Taeger Lexikon quotes Niehenke, B.R.
- Traits : Mind : Education extensive (PhD)
- Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Fire fatality)
- Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Philosopher/ Humanist
- Personal : Death : Unusual (Burned to death)
- Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
- Vocation : Writers : Poet