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FRISCHMUTH, Barbara
Barbara Frischmuth, born in 1941, lives in Vienna. She is a prolific and unique writer, whose concerns for woman's issues, inspired by autobiographical impulses, are often expressed in fictional texts that enter the realm of the magical, for example, in her trilogy Die Mystification der Sophie Silber [1976; Sophie Silber's Mystification], Amy oder Die Metamorphose [1978; Amy or The Metamorphasis], and Kai und Liebe zu den Modellen [1979; Kai and the Love to Models]. In her 1982 novel, Die Frau im Mond [The Woman in the Moon], she evokes the vision of a "new human being" who is capable of peace. Her recent publications, all with Residenz Publishing House, include Wassermänner [1990; Watermen], Machtnix, oder Der Lauf, den die Welt nahm [1993; Dontmatter, Or The Turn that the World Took] and Hexenherz [1994; Witch Heart]. Frischmuth has also written poetry, which just now is beginning to receive more critical attention. The poems published in Vol. 6, No. 2/3 are early poems written in 1962 and 1963.

Salon Ramona (Salon Ramona ) from Hexenherz: Vol. 2, No. 1

Die Geschichte von Demeter und Kore in der Manier des Serapionstheater (The Story of Demeter and Kora in the Style of the Serapion Theater) from Wassermänner: Vol. 3, No. 3

Das Wasser der Liebe (The Waters of Love) from Mörderische Märchen (Salzburg: Residenz, 1989): Vol. 4, No. 2

Istanbul und andere Gedichte (Istanbul and other poems) from Schamanenbaum (Graz and Vienna: Literaturverlag Droschl: 2001), Vol. 6, No. 2/3

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