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Heldenplatz  

Translated by Meredith Oakes

Heldenplatz $19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST
Heldenplatz was written in 1988 as a response to the fiftieth anniversary of the Anschluss (annexation) of Austria by Hitler’s Germany. Highly controversial in Austria, the play concerns a Jewish professor who returns to Vienna after the Second World War and discovers that his fellow Austrians are as anti-semitic as ever. ‘Heldenplatz’ is the square in Vienna where the Austrian-born Hitler made his first speech after the Anschluss.

Review
…it is as much an absurdist comedy as a piece of toxic rhetoric…this is an important European play that pins down a particularly ­fearful moment in Austrian ­history with ferocious elan. -   Michael Billington, The Guardian



Cast : 5M, 6F

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84002-995-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB

Author

Thomas Bernhard is widely considered to be one of the most important German playwrights in the post-war era. Highly acclaimed, he has written over twenty plays and novels and gained a reputation as one of Austria’s most controversial authors.