"The Man Who Saved The World", portrait of actor Ben Ramakers unveiled on PAN Amsterdam
"The Man Who Saved The World", portrait of actor Ben Ramakers unveiled on PAN Amsterdam.
Based on monologue "The World-fixer" (1979) written by Thomas Bernhard that revolves around a self-centred, self-styled genius loosely patterned on Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
The protagonist is the author of an obscure philosophical tract ostensibly designed to improve the condition of the world, if the world could only understand it. Over the course of a day, he looks forward to receiving an honorary degree, while reflecting on his life and engaging in dysfunctional banter.
Combining absurdist comedy with an astute satire of academic pomposity, The World-Fixer ultimately gives a moving portrait of simple human frailty.