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At No Time

Scenes and Dialogues

Dramatic sketches full of surprising, unpredictable twists and turns from a major twentieth-century German-language author.
A member of the Gruppe 47 writers’ group which sought to renew German-language literature after World War II, Ilse Aichinger (1921–2016) achieved great acclaim as a writer of fiction, poetry, prose, and radio drama. The vignettes in At No Time each begin in recognizable situations, often set in Vienna or other Austrian cities, but immediately swerve into bizarre encounters, supernatural or fantastical situations. Precisely drawn yet disturbingly skewed, they are both naturalistic and disjointed, like the finest surrealist paintings. Created to be experienced on the page or on the radio rather than the stage, they echo the magic realism of her short stories. Even though they frequently take a dark turn, they remain full of humor, agility, and poetic freedom.

144 pages | 6 x 9

The German List

Literature and Literary Criticism: Dramatic Works

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Table of Contents

1.French Embassy
2.At no time
4.Fleeting guest
5.In the voice of the old lady
7.A losing battle
9.First semester
10.Heavy water
11.The Auction
12.Good sea
14.Through the fresh greenery
15.Sunday shift
16.Doves and wolves
17.Vantage point
18.The new song
19.Crossing the mountain pass
20.Nowhere near Milan
21.White chrysanthemums
24.The untired sleepers

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