Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 1978. First edition. 12mo, 109  pp, wraps. Without printed band announcing the Robert Walser prize, as usually found. Association copy, inscribed by Fritz in the year of publication to Dr. Hermann Mayer. "dern lieben, hochgeschalsler Herr Ministerialral Dr. Hermann Mayer, ohne desser Kulturpolitik in Aktion (okonom + psychologie) ich vielleichl zum "armen Spielman" der literatur genorder ware. in Dankbarheil Ihre Marianne Fritz. Milbrook, der 30 (indecipherable) 1978.
The Austrian writer's first book, the size of which does little to foreshadow the length and textual intricacies of her latter, mammoth works, though the irony and horror of the effects of war are all clearly laid out. A long-awaited English translation will appear next month from Dorothy, A Publishing Project, and will hopefully do something to repair the critical neglect of her work in this county.
Perhaps because of her increasing reticence in later years, signed or inscribed trade works by Fritz, such as this one, are rare. Item #22870