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It quickly caused a scandal, sparking protests in Vienna before it even got to the stage. The play begins in the Schuster’s apartment, three-floors above Heldenplatz.

And he refused any transcendent allusions. This dramatized verbal coin — the equivalent of finding a Nazi under every bush — stands, in this short, mock-Expressionist play, for the invasion of a still-open past into the most basic rituals of daily life.

The year also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Anschluss when Nazi Germany annexed Austria. More than that, the production placed at its center the widely repressed memory of the destruction of Austria’s Jews, in a play written by a non-Jew, for an audience whose major relation to the Shoah and to Nazism — is one of forgetting. Two large museums, the National Library, and the old Kaiser palace are all situated around this central square. When I feel despair about the state of the US, Bernhard is a great person to read.


He was a real character.

Photograph 51 Anna Ziegler. Mar 23, Johann Guenther rated it really liked it. Elfie rated it it was amazing Apr 15, Ich bin wahrscheinlich eine Mischung aus Anna und Hedwig. The choice of a play heldeplatz evoked the fiftieth anniversary of the Anschluss and the memory of Austria’s Jews and their destruction, was not considered, by most, to be fitting. I discuss this below.

In Praise of Resentment: Thomas Bernhard, Jews, Heldenplatz | Jeanette R Malkin –

Thomas Bernhard’s final play, which caused a riot when it premiered in Vienna, represents the absolute zenith of one of his most important themes – the unspeakable rottenness of Austria.

In three scenes, Bernhard suggests that Vienna is still haunted by its past. And many were outraged. His last published work, appeared in the yearwas “Extinction”. I agree, you have to like Bernhard to really enjoy his work, for me this play was love at first read, overall I read it about 6 times already and it is hldenplatz of my – I read i every years books.

Extinctionbecause this single-minded and short work allows less room for the full play of his creative energy. This comes fully to the fore in the dramatic, theatrical, political, event of Heldenplwtz.


Het was wel prima. Through these two bernhadr deaths, Bernhard performs the taboo evocation of Austria’s destruction of its Jews, connecting it with the Austrian part in Nazism, with their willing acceptance of the Anschluss, and with their continued refusal to ‘hear’ the voices of a still present past.


Schuster on stage, made an iconic — and ironic — statement about Austria’s willing part in Nazism, in the destruction of its Jews, and in the repression of its past. Both of heldeplatz extravagant and unheroic deaths are directly related to what Bernhard shows to be Austria’s willing acceptance of the Anschluss, and its active role in the destruction of its Jews.

Sophie rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Two things are clear: The thoms early on describes the symptoms: Reclam XL – Text und Kontext. Brad Young marked it as to-read Sep 30, He died, in fact, during its run, some say as a result of the enormous scandal caused by this most provocative of his plays.

‘Heldenplatz’ by Thomas Bernhard (Review)

But this particular rant is better executed then Alte Meister was. Learn how your comment data is processed. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Want to Read saving…. Does Bernhard exaggerate in this play?