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Book Title: Wittgensteins Neffe|
The author of the book: Thomas Bernhard
Date of issue: 2001
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Format files: PDF
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It is 1967, in a Viennese hospital. In separate wards: the narrator named Thomas Bernhard, is stricken with a lung ailment; his friend Paul, nephew (actually son of a first cousin) of Ludwig Wittgenstein, is suffering fom one of his periodic bouts of madness. Bernhard traces the growth of an intense friendship between two eccentric, obsessive men who share a passion for music, a strange sense of humor, brutal honesty & a disgust for bourgeois Vienna.
Wittgenstein's Nephew is "a meditative fugue for mad, brilliant voices on the themes of death, death-in-life & the artist's & thinker's role in society...oddly moving & funny at the same time."—Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune
"Mr Bernhard's memoir about Paul Wittgenstein is a 'confession & a guilty homage to their friendship; it takes the place of the graveside speech he never delivered. In its obsessive, elegant rhythms & narrative eloquence, it resembles a tragic aria by Richard Strauss...This is a memento mori that approaches genius.'"—Richard Locke, Wall Street Journal
Read information about the authorThomas Bernhard was an Austrian author, who ranges among the most distinguished German speaking writers of the second half of the 20th century.
Although internationally he's most acclaimed because of his novels, he was also a prolific playwright. His characters were oftenly working in a lifetime and never-ending major work while they deal with themes such as suicide, madness and obsession and, as Bernhard did, they use to have a love-hate relation with Austria. His prose was tumultuous but sober at the same time, philosophic in the background, with a musical cadency and plenty of black humor.
He started publishing in the year 1963, with the title "Frost". His last published work, appeared in the year 1986, was "Extinction". Some of his most well known works include "The loser" (where he ficitionalizes about Glenn Gould), "Correction" and "Woodcutters".
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