Histrionics: Three Plays

Paperback | January 29, 1990

byThomas Bernhard

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Although he is best known in the United States as a novelist, Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard has been hailed in Europe as one of the most significant and controversial of contemporary playwrights. George Steiner has predicted that the current era in German-language literature will be recognized as the "Bernhard period"; John Updike compares Bernhard with Kafka, Grass, Handke, and Weiss. His dark, absurdist plays can be likened to those of Beckett and Pinter, but their cultural and political concerns are distinctly Bernhard's. While Austria's recent political history lends particular credibility to Bernhard's satire, his criticisms are directed at the modern world generally; his plays grapple with questions of totalitarianism and the subjection of the individual and with notions of reality and appearance.

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"Like Swift, Bernhard writes like a sacred monster....A remarkable literary performer: he goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive". -- Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal"The excellence of Bernard -- and it is a kind virtuosity, ably maintained in this American translation -- is to make...

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Although he is best known in the United States as a novelist, Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard has been hailed in Europe as one of the most significant and controversial of contemporary playwrights. George Steiner has predicted that the current era in German-language literature will be recognized as the "Bernhard period"; John Updike co...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.96 × 6.01 × 0.9 inPublished:January 29, 1990Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226043959

ISBN - 13:9780226043951

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Table of Contents

Biographical Note
Translators' Note
A Word about A Party for Boris
A Party for Boris
A Word about Ritter, Dene, Voss
Ritter, Dene, Voss
A Word about Histronics
Histronics

From Our Editors

"Like Swift, Bernhard writes like a sacred monster....A remarkable literary performer: he goes to extremes in ways that vivify our sense of human possibilities, however destructive". -- Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal"The excellence of Bernard -- and it is a kind virtuosity, ably maintained in this American translation -- is to make his monotonous loathing not only sting but also, like Gould at the piano, sing". -- Paul Griffiths, Times Literary Supplement