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Thomas Bernhard : the making of an Austrian

Author: Gitta Honegger
Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989), a literary figure of international acclaim and arguably Austria's greatest post-World War II writer, became the first of his generation to expose unrelentingly his country's pathological denial of complicity in the Holocaust. Bernhard's writings and indeed his own biography reflect Austria's fraught efforts to define itself as a nation following the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy and
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thomas Bernhard; Thomas Bernhard
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gitta Honegger
ISBN: 0300089996 9780300089998
OCLC Number: 46456251
Description: xviii, 341 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Fool on the Hill: Thomas Bernhard's Mise-en-Scene --
In Search of Family --
The Construction of Origin --
The Staging of Kinship --
Fatherland/Mother's Body --
Native Son: Is It a Comedy? Is It a Tragedy? --
Playing Against: An Austrian Maverick in the German Theater of Guilt --
Writing Wittgenstein: Thinking in Action --
Self-Projections/Self-Reflections --
Theatermacher: Plays and Histrionics --
Stand-Up Writer --
Questions of Genius --
The Staging of a Nation --
Epilogue: The Drama of the Will.
Responsibility: Gitta Honegger.

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"Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989), a literary figure of international acclaim and arguably Austria's greatest post-World War II writer, became the first of his generation to expose unrelentingly his country's pathological denial of complicity in the Holocaust. Bernhard's writings and indeed his own biography reflect Austria's fraught efforts to define itself as a nation following the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy and the trauma of World War II. Repeatedly he scandalized the nation with novels, plays, and public statements that exposed the convoluted ways Austrians were attempting to come to terms with their Nazi past - or defiantly avoiding doing so.

This book, the first comprehensive biography of Thomas Bernhard in English, examines his life and work and their intricate relationship to Austria's geographical, political, and cultural transformations in the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.

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