Thomas Bernhard Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Gitta Honegger is professor of theater and chair of the Department of Drama, Catholic University of America.
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and valuable tome. Perhaps the GERMANIC ENGLISH PUT ME OFF A BIT--but I WOULD now recommend this book as essential, especially for non-German reading readers ; Indeed a very valuable book
which I SUPERFICIALLY and hastily condemned. Apologies to the author!
Honegger successfully locates Bernhard in his milieu, the Viennese theater and Austria as a national scandal. Tina Brown in Talk recently wrote about British "genial malice", whereby they can carp at Tony Blair *because* he made a good speech. Bernhard went further: he was more like Eminem today than anyone in the US now.
a "you can't jail me, so try to sue me!" writer.
Honegger reveals lots of new stuff, especially about Bernhard's relationships and the high regard given Bernhard by Austrian aristocracy. Her points about Bernhard's laboring successfully to be an aristocrat hit the mark.
Honegger also notes his Mallorca interviews with Justine Fleischmann. Let's hope they're translated soon.
We need to read more German writers who say writers are worse than dogs because no one trains them where to pee.
The USA with its cargo cults of celebrities and public officials is becoming more like Austria in its public celebrations every day, with interminable strife about being more crude or more subtle played out daily in the press, dishonestly of course. A book on Bernhard and the reaction to pollution that nurtured him can't be more timely.