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Ilse Aichinger is a Austrian writer, lyricist and author of radio plays. In 1952, she received the Group 47 Prize for her remarkable story "Spiegelgeschichte" (Mirror story).
Aichinger's awards over the years include the Nelly Sachs-Preis, the Georg Trakl-Preis, the Franz Kafka-Preis, and the Joseph-Breitbach-Preis. She was a member of the Deutsche Akademie fuerr Sprache und Dichtung, the Akademie der Kuenste Berlin, and the Bayerische Akademie der Schoenen Künste.