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The Radio family

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Author: Search for this author Bachmann, Ingeborg
Statement of Responsibility: Ingeborg Bachmann
Year: 2014
Publisher: Seagull Books
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The Radio Family was a radio soap opera that was broadcast by Radio Rot-Weiss-Rot (Red-White-Red) in the American sector of occupied Vienna in the 1950s. Presumably conceived as a contribution to the re-education of the population after the defeat of the Nazis, the programmes focused on the Florianis, an 'ordinary' middle-class Viennese family, 'eavesdropping' on them in their everyday life. Topics of current interest were regularly introduced in an incidental manner. The series was a great success with the public, so much so that when Austria regained its independence in 1955 the newly established Austrian Radio found that it could not simply axe the programme and it continued to be broadcast until 1960. Ingeborg Bachmann was at the beginning of her writing career when she became a member of the script team of three in 1951. The fifteen scripts she contributed were thought lost until they turned up in the literary estate of one of the other writers, Jörg Mauthe, in the 90s. They provide a fascinating and often amusing picture of the way Austria saw itself-or, perhaps, wanted to see itself-in the early 50s. In situations ranging from birthdays parties, holiday plans to Christmas shopping and a visit to the theatre, they reaffirm middle-class Viennese Gemütlichkeit, despite the occasional difficulty of making ends meet. Other more serious topics are touched on, from the problems of displaced persons, profiteering and currency fraud in the commercial sector, the appreciation of modern art and even, briefly, Austrians' involvement in the Nazi period. At this period Bachmann was establishing herself as a major German poet, but she also wrote radio plays. The episodes she contributed to The Radio Family that have now been brought to light, especially her portrayal of an average family, extend our knowledge of her development at an important formative stage.


Author: Search for this author Bachmann, Ingeborg
Statement of Responsibility: Ingeborg Bachmann
Medium identifier: evm
Year: 2014
Publisher: Seagull Books
Classification: Search for this systematic 16
Subject type: Search for this subject type Englisch
ISBN: 978-0-85742-203-3
Description: 361 S.
Participating parties: Search for this character Mitchell, Mike
Language: Englisch
Media group: eBook