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A monologue on identity and homeland in a highly artificial prose verse and manic “we-form,” which revolves around the exclusion of the strange or different. The source of this weave of quotations is the idealist philosophy and German language poetry, which is considered the origin of German Nationalism. The Germans, as the collective subject, summon texts from Hölderlin, Hegel, Heidegger, Fichte, Kleist and excerpts from the RAF letters, amongst others, which they seize and appropriate for their own ends. Everything is fitted into a standard fascistic discourse, sometimes thwarting or even inverting the meaning of the original text. In doing so, firstly the language itself is exposed as theatrical, and secondly the intended deformation of the glorification of ideology, as well as the trivial-mythic reception of its pretexts, becomes apparent.

The play has been translated into:
French: Au Pays. Des Nuées

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek, who was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, ...

Plays by Elfriede Jelinek

U: 21.9.1988 Schauspiel Bonn (R: Hans Hoffer)