Heiko Berner: Photo Illustrations for Thomas Bernhard's 'A Child'/ Fotografische Illustrationen zu Thomas Bernhards 'Ein Kind' (exhibition catalogue)

Ernest Schonfield (Editor), Katya Krylova (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract

Thomas Bernhard’s Ein Kind (A Child) begins with the departure of the eight-year-old narrator with the Steyr-Waffen bicycle that belongs to his guardian. Initially full of euphoria, he tries to ride the 36 kilometers from Traunstein to Salzburg, but has to give up after just under twenty kilometers with a broken chain and – meanwhile it is night – return on foot. This picture, like a prologue, contains the whole emotional range that the child experiences in the text: the courage to act, feelings of triumph and of failure, the need to impress the grandfather, fear of the mother’s reaction. Here the bicycle is a technical means and at the same time a symbol of external and internal movement
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherSchool of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow
Number of pages98
ISBN (Print)978-0-85261-968-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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