Helga Michie. I Am Beginning to Want What I Am

Helga Michie. I Am Beginning to Want What I Am

Werke / Works 1965–1995

Christine Ivanovic (ed.)

Texts by Jeremy Adler, Rüdiger Görner, Antonia Hoerschelmann, Christine Ivanovic, Mischa Lucyshyn, and Christine Nagel

German / English, 288 pages, 19 × 24 cm, numerous color illustrations, softcover

Winter 2017

ISBN 978-3-903172-00-5

€ 42,00 [A]

€ 40,90 [D]

"Where does the consolation from these pictures come from? It is a mystery, but it’s there." —Ilse Aichinger on the works of her twin sister.

Helga Michie, born in Vienna in 1921 as the twin sister of Ilse Aichinger, fled with one of the last Kindertransports to London in July 1939, where she still lives today. Helga has been in close contact with other Austrian expats in London, such as Elias and Veza Canetti, Erich Fried, Robert Neumann, H. G. Adler, and Michael Hamburger.

This bilingual monograph marks the first time her previously largely unknown artistic oeuvre, giving voice to her own experiences of Nazi oppression and exile, is documented in its entirety. The book includes texts by friends as well as academic contributions discussing both Michie’s far-reaching relationships with Austrian expats in London and the early separation of the twin sisters, whose diverging paths open up complementary perspectives on a common fate.