The lobby of a grand hotel, New Year’s Eve. A snow storm rages. Minetti, a long-forgotten actor, arrives in great spirits to discuss his comeback as King Lear with a theatre director.
While he waits patiently in the hotel lobby, Minetti’s obsessive personality reveals itself in a series of strange encounters with other guests. He rails against outrageous fortune and unfulfilled ambitions, often colliding with crowds of young hotel guests who frequently burst in to celebrate New Year’s Eve. As with King Lear, the storm which rages outside reflects his turbulent emotions until he finally finds peace and resolution.
Peter Eyre translated Siblings with Tania Alexander by Klaus Mann, which was perormed at the Lyric Hammersmith. He has contributedj ournalism to The Spectator, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Harpers and Queen.
Thomas Bernhard (1931–1989) was an Austrian novelist, playwright and poet. He is widely considered to be one of the most important German-speaking authors of the postwar era and won awards including the Georg Büchner Prize (1970) and the Grimme Prize (1972). His complete works are published by Suhrkamp Verlag in twenty-two volumes.