By John Nathan, February 18, 2010
For those who see Austria as a country whose small c conservatism hides capital f fascism, Thomas Bernhard's play is a guilty pleasure.
Set in 1988, the year before its author died, the play rakes over Austria's Nazi past and exposes what Bernhard saw as his country's Nazi present. The premiere in Vienna did not go down well. There were protests and President Kurt Waldheim, whose own Nazi past had by then been revealed, condemned the play as an insult to the Austrian people. And so (tee hee) it is.