Illuminations IV: Thomas Bernhard

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Illuminations IV: Thomas Bernhard

  • Thu 7 Jun 2018
  • 7:00PM
Illuminations : Bernhard
Illuminations : Bernhard
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Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ

Thomas Bernhard's immense output of novels, theatre and poetry is often marked singularly by a tone of contempt, unapologetically against hypocrisy and pompousness. Fully realised in Bernhard’s work is the irony of an author who felt compelled to demean publicly the very idea of culture and thereby provocatively offend the public’s complacent sense of cultural identity, and in so doing provide his own output with a meaning based on its lack of meaning.

Perhaps no 20th century European author expresses so vitriolically, so powerfully and so truthfully, an utter disdain for pretension, intellectual and emotional laziness, and stupidity.  Bernhard’s genius was that, at great artistic risk, he achieved his aims by undermining his achievements. 

This evening is presenting new pieces of literary art and performance responding to the life and work of the great Thomas Bernhard.

Featuring Maja Jantar, Raphaela Edelbauer, Tereza Stehlikova, Oliver Evans, Christian Patracchini, SJ Fowler and more.