Bernd Mattheus

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Bernd Mattheus (born March 8, 1953 in Eisenach ; † June 26, 2009 in Kassel ) was a German writer , translator and essayist who lived in Kassel until his death.


Mattheus and his family moved to West Germany in 1960. Bernd Mattheus became known for autobiographically inspired aphorisms whose themes range between language and life, borderline experiences of thinking, alienation of the modern individual, revolt and sexuality. He worked as a translator and editor for Antonin Artaud , Georges Bataille and Emil Cioran , about whom he wrote a biography. In 2009 Mattheus died of complications from cancer.


  • Cioran. Portrait of a radical skeptic. Matthes & Seitz, Berlin 2007 ISBN 978-3-88221-891-6
  • any true language is incomprehensible. Essays on Artaud Matthes & Seitz, Munich 1977
  • Antonin Artaud. Life and work. Matthes & Seitz, Munich / Berlin 1977 (pseudonym E. Kapralik)
  • About Antonin Artaud (Ed. With Cathrin Pichler ) Matthes & Seitz, Munich 2002
  • Georges Bataille. A thanatography. Matthes & Seitz, Munich 1984–1997 (3 vol.)
  • violent silence. other notes. Matthes & Seitz, Munich 1986 ISBN 3-88221-366-3
  • the eyes open in the dark and close in the dark. Matthes & Seitz, Munich 1980
  • I allow myself to revolt. (Ed. With Axel Matthes) Matthes & Seitz, Munich 1985
  • letters about language (with Karl Kollmann) Matthes & Seitz, Munich 1978
  • panizzajana. In: Oskar Panizza , Dialogues in the Spirit of Hutten. With a foreword by Heiner Müller, Panizzajana by Bernd Mattheus and contributions in the spirit of Panizzas by Karl Günther Hufnagel and Peter Erlach. Munich 1979.
  • marginalia. In: Oskar Panizza, Der Korsettenfritz. Collected stories. Munich 1981.
  • Passions - Daniela Maria Greta. MaroVerlag, Augsburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-87512-296-1


  • JA: voice of revolt. Translator Bernd Mattheus has died . In: FAZ No. 146, June 27, 2009, p. 36.
  • Andreas Fliedner & Barth Cordmann (pseudon. V. Jörg Schenuit): The ascetic tightrope walker. Call for a necrology for the writer and translator Bernd Mattheus (1953–2009) , in: FUGE. Journal for Religion & Modernity , ed. v. Martin Knechtges and Jörg Schenuit, Vol. 6/2010: Signs of distant freedom. Kulturkritik I , Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 136-138.
  • Karl Kollmann: written out , Augsburg: Maro Verlag, 2011, ISBN 978-3-87512-292-3 - A report on the American and French influences on the 'alternative' subculture in Germany and on the life and work of BM
  • Erwin Stegentritt: Third letter to a dead person , letter to BM, 2012

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