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A Companion to the Works of Thomas Bernhard (Studies in by Matthias Konzett

By Matthias Konzett

Because the loss of life of Thomas Bernhard in 1989, the literary popularity of this advanced and certain author has risen to the purpose that he's now considered as an incredible ecu determine. Bernhard emerged within the Nineteen Sixties as one among Austria's significant writers, hard the recognition of such proven writers as Heinrich B?ll and G?nter Grass at the German literary scene. His idiosyncratic prose includes a tragic-comic mix of topics akin to suicide, insanity, and isolation mixed with hugely satirical and histrionic invectives opposed to tradition, culture, and society. As a skillful impresario of public scandals by way of verbal attacks upon Austrian elite tradition, Bernhard additionally earned himself the epithet of ?bertreibungsk?nstler (artist of exaggeration). during this paintings of cultural and political provocation Bernhard is still unequalled to the current day. This quantity of essays offers contributions through famous critics that learn the main salient features of Bernhard's paintings, delivering insights into literary innovations and public subject matters that made Bernhard one in all Europe's masters of recent prose and drama. Essays study Bernhard's advanced creative sensibility, his influence on Austria's severe reminiscence, his relation to the legacy of Austrian Jewish tradition, his consultant worth as Austria's major literary export, and his cosmopolitanism and its value for the speedily altering multicultural panorama of Europe.Matthias Konzett is affiliate professor of German at Yale college. he's the writer of The Rhetoric of nationwide Dissent in Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, and Elfriede Jelinek (Camden condo, 2000).

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4 “Haderer legte eine kurze Pause ein, verwarnte erst Hutter, tadelte darauf Friedl und sprach dann überaschend vom ersten Weltkrieg, um dem zweiten auszuweichen. . Bertoni benutzte den Augenblick, in dem Haderer durstig sein Glas an den Mund setzte, und fing unerbittlich an, eine unglaubliche und verwickelte Geschichte aus dem zweiten Weltkrieg zu erzählen. . Sogar Friedl schüttelte sich plötzlich vor Lachen, es wunderte mich und wunderte mich noch mehr, als er plötzlich sich bemühte, auch eingeweiht zu erscheinen in die Operationen, Chargen, Daten” (UM, 89–90).

Namely, not to respect his final decrees. One refers to the brother. He announces a guided tour through Bernhard’s estate. In doing so, one receives no longer an image of peo- 26 MARLENE STREERUWITZ ple suffering in their state of mourning. A landscape in the hills of Ohlsdorf emerges where journalists wander about and are served stories and fragments of memories. ” The man who helps out in the villa displays the blue leather jacket that the master purchased in Sicily and immediately gave away.

It is frequently suggested that the conduct of whoever is in power must be the cause of incurable psychosis among the socially weak and the younger generations, including Bernhard’s own. This particular view of the long-range 42 DAGMAR LORENZ effects of authoritarianism and National Socialism was characteristic of the 1960s and 1970s when the publications of Wilhelm Reich, Theodor Adorno, but also those of Alice Miller and Klaus Theweleit, enjoyed wide acclaim. Born in 1931, Bernhard experienced his formative years in Nazidominated Austria under extremely difficult circumstances.

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