Konrad Bayer, or the World is Me and that’s My Business

Konrad Bayer’s suicide at the age of 32 brought to an abrupt end a literary experiment of unusual fanaticism. In the reduced yet lyrical language typical of ‘The Vienna Group’ he combined apparently irreconcilable elements-violence, hermeticism, pessimism, ecstasy, banality-and influences (surrealism, metaphysics, Wittgenstein, Stirner, Sade et al) into a bizarre linguistic solipsism which has held increasing fascination for German writers of the last 20 years. Radax’s experimental homage to his friend and colleague features interviews with the author’s friends and last lover.
W. Germany, 1969. English subtitles. Black and white. 52mins.

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