Thomas Bernhard and Ideas

How does the Austrian writer 'invert' the novel of ideas?
Stephen Mitchelmore draws attention to a recent article on the idea in Thomas Bernhard's prose: 'Bernhard’s work demonstrates in countless ways the fatal tendency of the idea, even he continued to be enamored by its mysteries. Life void of thought was merely “stupid externals.” His greatest contempt was reserved for Viennese society, which he believed—though outwardly enthralled by ideas—lacked true convictions of its own. The problem for Bernhard was not ideas, but ideas without purpose.' [Read more]

Source: Jessica A. Sequeira, 'Austrian Bernhard Inverts the Novel of Ideas', The Harvard Crimson, 07 September 2010

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