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 Muller 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-centred, 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.
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Used availability for Thomas Bernhard's World-Fixer
October 2005 : USA Paperback