In one of the first English studies of Thomas Bernhard, Fatima Naqvi focuses on the Austrian author s critique of education (Bildung) through the edifices in which it takes place. His writings insist that learning has always been a life-long process that is helped or hindered by the particular buildings in which Bildung occurs.
Naqvi offers close readings of Bernhard s major prose works, from "Amras "(1964) to "Old Masters "(1985) and brings them into dialogue with major architectural debates of the times. She examines Bernard s interrogation of the theoretical foundations underpinning the educational system and its actual sites. "
How We Learn Where We Live "opens new avenues into thinking about one of the most provocative writers of the twentieth century."