Thomas Bernhard - The World-Fixer

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This translation of Thomas Bernhard's Der Weltverbesserer makes a contemporary masterpiece available to English language readers for the first time. While echoing the dramatic works of Samuel Becket, Heiner Müller and Peter Handke, The World-Fixer is quintessentially Bernardian and one of his most stage-worthy plays. Presenting a theme he would explore in the play Ritter Dene Voss and the novels Wittgenstein's Nephew and The Loser, The World-Fixer revolves around a self-centered, self-styled genius loosely patterned on Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. The protagonist is the author of an obscure philosophical tract ostensibly designed to improve the condition of the world, if the world could only understand it. Over the course of a day he looks forward to receiving an honorary degree while reflecting on his life and engaging in dysfunctional banter. Combining absurdist comedy with an astute satire of academic pomposity, The World-Fixer ultimately gives a moving portrait of simple human frailty.
  • Author: Thomas Bernhard
  • Title: The World-Fixer
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Translation by: Josef Glowa, Donald McManus and Susan Hurley-Glowa
  • Introduction by: Donald McManus
  • Publishing House: Ariadne Press
  • Pages: 104
  • Date Published: 2005
  • ISBN: 1572411422
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Despite the formal differences from the novels, (most of which are written in one long, unbroken paragraph: here each character's dialogue is broken into short lines, like poetry, and without punctuation), the themes and ideas are no less pessimistic or extravagantly hyperbolized. Likewise the humor. In some respects, because we can see the shameless fawning of the bootlickers with which the main characters surround themselves, the plays are even funnier than the novels. Bernhard's characters detest every possible option and will never be satisfied….. The rants come off as even more ludicrous and maniacal than in the novels – as one reads this play one imagines an actor ranting nearly uninterrupted for almost a hundred pages and one wonders how brutal these plays must be when they're staged… (Scott Bryan Wilson, RAIN TAXI)
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