“Safety Net: On Thomas Bernhard and Siegfried Unseld” – Bernhard in the international press

Photo by Barbara Klemm

Photo by Barbara Klemm

Holly Case explores the relationship between notoriously difficult writer Thomas Bernhard and his editor Siegfried Unseld in her article Safety Net: On Thomas Bernhard and Siegfried Unseld. (The Nation, January 2013).

The exchange of letters between Bernhard and Unseld started in 1961 and went on for almost three decades until Bernhard’s death. The letters can be found today in the Suhrkamp archive at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and were published in 2010 by Raimund Fellinger, Martin Huber and Julia Ketterer – naturally with Suhrkamp.

In 2011, the Wiener Burgtheater staged the letter exchange in an entertaining scenic reading by the late Gert Voss (Siegfried Unseld) and Peter Simonischek (Thomas Bernhard). Click here for the video.

In 2015, a conference on Thomas Bernhard is planned to take place at the University of London. Watch this space for further details or go to the website of the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature at the University of London. 

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