Thomas Bernhard


Thomas Bernhard is all I can read right now. I can't get enough.

>>By Chris Honigman   (Thursday, 27 Mar 2003 14:24)

The Loser is great. I love Bernhards views about music. The narrator's relationship with Glen Gould was used as an excellent example of what happens when artists turn away from their art, seeing it as futile. He lets us know that we are all crazy with seductive mad ramblings in his head that seem all too familiar. We are reminded by "The Loser" that we cannot create innocent, pure art anymore and thus we are all losers. In America we are all taught we are special and everyone is capable of original meaningful expression; Bernhard regards this notion as primitive and silly.

>>By John Leonard   (Thursday, 3 Apr 2003 22:53)

Has anyone read the autobiography, "Gathering Evidence"? I love everything of his, but this is my favorite. I have read it 3 times and lost a friend over it because she thought he was hateful.

>>By runner   (Friday, 5 Nov 2004 18:11)

i totally agree with chris. bernhards novels are a tremendous read and once you've got hooked there's no escape route. such engraving words and sentences! i love especially "the lime works", haven't read his autobiographical writings yet.

>>By von_goell72   (Wednesday, 24 Nov 2004 21:37)

I've read most of Bernhard. I found "Gathering Evidence" his best.
"Correction" and "Extinction" were a close second.
Does anyone have a good translation of "Frost?"
"Frost" was translated by Michael Hofmann and "The Voice Imitator" was translated by Kenneth Northcott, and I found both of these to be disappointing.
I know what you mean, Chris, I am still grieving over finishing his books.

And runner, drop the girlfriend. If she doesn't get Bernard, how can you
expect the relationship to last?


>>By Gigi   (Thursday, 31 May 2007 19:40)

Thomas Bernhard will change your life, maybe even enhance it. I have never read such intense stuff. Relentless. He says it as he sees it, and he doesn't hold back. But it's hilarious as well. Admire this writer; a genius.

>>By Funkadelic4maheid   (Friday, 8 Oct 2010 18:03)

he writes things people might think and kow it's the truth but are afraid to say it aloud

>>By joemanygoats   (Monday, 13 Feb 2012 20:25)

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