Ilse Aichinger, Austrian-born widow of famed poet and radio play author GŁnter Eich
, is a celebrated poet, novelist, and short-prose author. In 1952, she received the Group 47 Prize for her remarkable story "Spiegelgeschichte" (Mirror story). The same year saw publication of a collection of stories, Rede unter dem Galgen
(Speech under the gallows), which contains her most widely praised story, "Der Gefesselte" (The Bound Man). Aichinger lives in southern Germany.