Snippet: A. Schimmelbusch’s “Die Murau Identität”

A novel written in German by an Austrian author, Die Murau Identität [The Murau identity]. It is set in the Balearic island of Mallorca, that is why this blog comments on it. Alexander Schimmelbusch (Frankfurt/Main, 1975) presents Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989, Wikipedia) as alive in a secret exile, under the pseudonym of Franz-Josef Murau, in a peaceful existence until a culture journalists starts to investigate. “[A] novel with many identities: a fever dream on Austria’s greats of mind, a media satire, a comedy on the literary establishment, a grotesqueness that shows the cirumstances in Southern Europe in a distorting mirror. And an homage to Thomas Bernhard…” (Thomas Andre)

Source: Der Spiegel, Jan. 23, 2014


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