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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,076 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Am 15. März 1938 verkündete Adolf Hitler unter den Jubelrufen der anwesenden Wiener auf dem Heldenplatz den »Anschluß« Österreichs an Deutschland. 50 Jahre später versammeln sich in einer Wohnung in der Nähe des Heldenplatzes die Familie Schuster und deren engste Freunde. Der Anlaß: das Begräbnis von Professor Josef Schuster. Für diesen philosophischen Kopf, von den Nazis ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published 1995 by Suhrkamp (first published 1988)
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Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After the Nazi era, is there a place in the public space for war heroes?

In his inimitable style, Thomas Bernhard shows the everyday fascism of conventional, conservative society, and the pain it causes victims and sensitive thinkers. A professor, driven away from Vienna during the Nazi regime, returns to the city after the war, only to realise he can’t stomach the stupid and blind arrogance of its inhabitants who never truly turn their backs on the ideology of national socialism. He buys an apa
Uroš Đurković
Aug 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Dobro, shvatili smo.

Austrija je jedna bezduhovna i beskulturna kloaka, svinjac, septička jama čiji „penetrantni smrad” silovito zapahnjuje čitav svet – svet u kome „ceo život nije ništa drugo nego neprekidno dodavanje bola”. U svakom Bečliji krije se masovni ubica, a svi austrijski univerzietski profesori su (o „običnim” građanima da i ne govorimo) u najboljem slučaju, praznoglavi provincijalci i zadrigle antisemite, kao što su svi socijalisti još veći zločinci od nacista, jer nacizam čine iznov
Makis Dionis
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Οι Αυστριακοί επευφημούν το επελαυνοντα δήμιό τους, Χίτλερ , στην πλατεία Ηρώων, κ η ορχήστρα συνεχίζει να παίζει κ να συνοδεύει τη βύθιση του πνεύματος

Ο καθηγητής Ρόμπερτ καυτηριάζει το ριζικό κυνισμό του κόσμου του αλλά προτιμάει την απόσυρση, ιδίως σε σχέση με τον αδερφό του που προσπάθησε να παλέψει και να φύγει απελπισμένος, παρά να αδρανήσει

Το αποτέλεσμα της παράδοσης όμως θα τον διαψεύσει
Jeff Jackson
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nest-foulers of all nationalities
Shelves: theater
Thomas Bernhard's final play, which caused a riot when it premiered in Vienna, represents the absolute zenith of one of his most important themes - the unspeakable rottenness of Austria. The title of the play refers to the packed public square where Hitler was greeted as a hero by countless cheering Austrians in 1938. The characters in the play remark "there are more Nazis in Vienna now than there were in 1938" and "scratch under the skin of any Austrian today and you'll quickly find a mass murd ...more
Antônio Xerxenesky
Resenha (edição da ed. temporal) em breve.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Sadly, I found this book to irritating to enjoy. It was easy to read but not fun at all.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ein österreichischer Klassiker, der in der heutigen Zeit und der derzeitigen politischen Lage umso aktueller denn je ist.
J.M. Hushour
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bernhard's final and classic play, this is the one that caused the uproar in his native Austria. Never one for subtlety, Bernhard presents us the story of the recent suicide Schuster as told on the day of his funeral. Unable to withstand any longer the prevalent anti-Semitism of his native land, he throws himself out a window. The title refers to the place in Vienna where Hitler was welcomed by mobs of Hitler-loving Viennese.
As might be obvious, this didn't go over very well among his fellow Aus
ReemK10 (Paper Pills)
There is something really sad about reading Heldenplatz and knowing that life imitated art for Thomas Bernhard. He was a real character. Austria didn't know what to do with her unruly son.

But I find
Vienna is very amusing
Amusing interesting amusing

Getting to know Austria via Bernhard's novels has been exceptionally exhilarating!

Check out #Bernhard2018 #Heldenplatz for more.
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Me and Thomas Bernhard go a long way back, this was my first book of this brilliant author, who became one of the most touching authors for me.

I agree, you have to like Bernhard to really enjoy his work, for me this play was love at first read, overall I read it about 6 times already and it is one of my - I read i every years books.

It is a very deep book about people being haunted from the past, even though the war is over, they still feel haunted by the events which took place. While reading yo
Dec 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: uni
Another Uni book
Korhan Kalabalık
Avusturya'nın Naziler tarafından işgalinden sonra İngiltere'ye giden Profesör Schuster'in yıllar sonra belediye başkanının daveti üzerine şehri olan Viyana'ya dönmesi ve burada yaşanan olayların anlatıldığı Bernhard eseri, Avusturya toplumuna yönelik sert eleştirilerden biri. Schuster'in en az işgal yılları kadar kötü, sığ, kültürsüz ve faşist bulduğu Viyana trajik bir ölüme sahne olacaktır. Oyun bu trajedinin ardından aile üyeleri ve dostlarının Avusturya'nın köhne politik ve kültürel atmosferi ...more
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
When the text of a play includes no punctuation and whose lines are divided clearly yet seemingly arbitrarily, I generally assume there is a great deal of depth in the artistry. And that it's kind of a pretentious play. That being said, one need not wade out too deep to get to the main thrust of "Heldenplatz (Heroes' Square)," and that is: Austria sucks. When I read the phrase "things are worse now that fifty years ago (i.e. when Hitler annexed Austria to Germany)," it doesn't take a scholar of ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best plays of the century, by one of its greatest playwrights.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Heldenplatz, a small group of people try to deal with a suicide, as well as with the city they’re in, and the way it’s betrayed them all. The play premiered in 1988, its name referring to the Viennese square where cheering crowds welcomed Hitler 50 years earlier. It quickly caused a scandal, sparking protests in Vienna before it even got to the stage. Of course, this all managed to spark my interest in the play.

As we enter the book, jewish professor Schuster has taken his own life by throwin
Björn H
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
När den judiske professorn Josef Schuster begått självmord samlas släkten och människorna kring honom för begravningen. I tre långa scener beskrivs hans liv och livet för de som fanns runt omkring honom, främst hans bror, Robert, hur de flydde Österrike och vad de upplevt när de senare kom tillbaka.

Thomas Bernhards sista drama Heldenplatz skrevs till femtioårsminnet av Hitlers Anschluss av Österrike. Och Thomas Bernhard är arg i den här texten. Framför allt de långa monologerna - som stilistiskt
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teatro
Brillante obra de Thomas Bernhard.
Si bien está escrita en un estilo algo enroscado y confuso donde los personajes repiten sus palabras, no escuchan a los demás y parece no haber una verdadera comunicación entre ellos, creo que eso la vuelve todavía más interesante puesto que descoloca al lector y lo interpela a que tenga una recepción más consciente y activa en el acto de leer.
Relata con mucha crudeza la vida cotidiana de la sociedad austriaca post-nazismo y sus miserias más crueles. Así pues,
Marco Dominici
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contundente, devastante, entusiasmante, definitivo. Thomas Bernhard fa i conti con l'Austria una volta per tutte e in tre ore di teatro torna a recidere "a colpi d'ascia" ogni elemento che si frappone tra lui e il suo odio-amore verso il suo Paese.
Un testo potente e geniale, assolutamente imperdibile per chi ama Bernhard. Consiglio di lettura: dopo averlo letto una prima volta, consiglio caldamente di usare il testo come sottotitoli mentre si guarda l'intera opera su Youtube in tedesco (https:/
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ich musste dieses Buch für die Schule lesen. Es war im Großen und Ganzen ein gutes Buch, aber ich bin einfach kein Fan von Dramen. Meiner Meinung nach sollten sie nur im Theater aufgeführt werden. Dennoch fand ich es interessant zu lesen, obwohl es ein bisschen langweilig ist. Aber sehr provozierend!
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ich denke über das Buch sollte jeder schon einmal etwas gehört haben. Jedoch ist das elendslange Beschweren sehr anstrengend zu lesen. Die Gespräche sind sehr einseitig und es ist manchmal auch etwas eintönig und langweilig. Das ist natürlich genau das, was Thomas Bernhard damit erzielen wollte: zu provozieren.
Ich würde das Buch jedoch selbst nicht weiterempfehlen, da sich das Lesen etwas zieht.
Helmut Ofner
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ein Klassiker des österreichischen Theaters. Kritisch, zynisch und provokant. Lesenswert
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que a Bernhard lle andaran nas orellas por esta obra ten sentido porque é unha movida moi tocha que sirve pa Europa de 2k19
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Perhaps it's more entertaining on stage. It was a bit of a pain to sit through the grumpy monologues/dialogues which made up the script. ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
dem Stumpfsinn sind immer alle nachgelaufen
der Geist ist immer mit Füßen getreten worden
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
CONTENT WARNINGS for this play: Suicide. Anti-semitism.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars?
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So good. His dislike and perhaps hatred of Austria are incandescent. Every word is perfect.
Arno Goessens
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
2,5. Provozierend, aber es war so langweilig, dass der Sinn des Buches alle Kraft verlor.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dach-literature
Exactly 30 years later this piece disturbingly reminds me of one other small country ...
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Thomas Bernhard was an Austrian writer who ranks among the most distinguished German-speaking writers of the second half of the 20th century.

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