Thomas Bernhard - Over All the Mountain Tops

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This play is Bernhard’s devastating satire on the business of literature. The novelist Moritz Meister, after years of neglect, has finally achieved the status of Grand Old Man of German literature. With breathtakingly regal condescension he receives his minions: a graduate student writing a thesis on him, a journalist preparing an adulatory article, his publisher arranging the publication of his magnum opus. He regales them – and the audience – with noble, high-flown thoughts on art and life, while exploiting his situation to the full to gain honors and material comforts. Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) was one of the major and most controversial German-language dramatists of the 1970s and 1980s. His very individual use of the theater reduces traditional structures such as plot and character to a minimum and turns the stage into a vehicle for his virtuoso use of language and deeply pessimistic view of life.
  • Author: Thomas Bernhard
  • Title: Over All the Mountain Tops
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Translation by: Michael Mitchell
  • Afterword by: Michael Mitchell
  • Publishing House: Ariadne Press
  • Pages: 104
  • Date Published: 2004
  • ISBN: 1572411287
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…The satire of undeserved literary flattery… is cutting: these are perhaps Bernhard's most bloated, most pompous characters ever, fighting to speak over each other as they issue endless absurd pronouncements. …Bernhard's outlook on the world and his ability to capture the loneliness and desolation and suffering of life with such humor and precision is, here as elsewhere, utterly stunning. It's always impressive how he continued to match quality and quantity throughout his career. (Scott Bryan Wilson, RAIN TAXI)

…The satire of undeserved literary flattery… is cutting: these are perhaps Bernhard's most bloated, most pompous characters ever, fighting to speak over each other as they issue endless absurd pronouncements. …Bernhard's outlook on the world and his ability to capture the loneliness and desolation and suffering of life with such humor and precision is, here as elsewhere, utterly stunning. It's always impressive how he continued to match quality and quantity throughout his career.
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