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456 pages
Format 140x220 Hardcover
EUR 28,00 / sFr 34,80

ISBN: 9783701733644
ISBN ebook: 9783701745081

published in Oktober 2015

Manfred Mittermayer

Thomas Bernhard – A Biography

Thomas Bernhard – A Biography

Thomas Bernhard was all that and more, as this comprehensive biography shows. The acknowledged expert Manfred Mittermayer has drawn together Bernhard’s life and work into one great story, reaching from his ‘origin complex’ – his grandfather Johannes Freumbichler’s family – to his premature death following years of illness. Mittermayer creates a nuanced picture of Bernhard’s multi-layered public image and the various phases of his private life, placing his most significant works of prose and theatre in relation to a life story inseparably bound to post-war history.

“I cannot deny that I’ve always led two existences: one which comes close to the truth, which I do have the right to describe as reality, and another which I have played out. Over time, the two together have formed the existence which keeps me alive.”
Thomas Bernhard, Der Keller (The Cellar – part II of his autobiography)

Manfred Mittermayer, born 1959, lives near Salzburg where he studied German and English literature and has lectured since 1984. In 2012 he became head of the Salzburg Literature Archive and co-director of Rauris Literary Festival. He is the author of several books and essays on Thomas Bernhard, has curated an exhibition on him, and is a member of the editorial team for Suhrkamp’s twenty-two-volume edition of Bernhard’s complete works. From 2005 to 2012 he was employed at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography where he researched Bernhard’s biography.


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